Why people like or dislike large wood in rivers : a representative survey of the general public in Germany

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dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15488/10753
dc.identifier.uri https://www.repo.uni-hannover.de/handle/123456789/10831
dc.contributor.author Gapinski, Cedric Mats
dc.contributor.author Hermes, Johannes
dc.contributor.author Haaren, Christina von
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-07T11:59:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-07T11:59:40Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Gapinski, C.M.; Hermes, J.; Haaren, C. von: Why people like or dislike large wood in rivers : a representative survey of the general public in Germany. In: River Research and Applications 37 (2020), Nr. 2, S. 187-197. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3743
dc.description.abstract For the restoration of medium and small rivers, the reintroduction of large wood (LW) is crucial. Despite the wide communication of the ecological key functions of LW, residents rejected its reintroduction in a restoration project at the river Mulde (Dessau-Roßlau, Germany). To determine whether this is a local or widespread phenomenon in Germany, we investigated (a) the German population's attitude toward LW, (b) preferred quantities of LW introduction, and (c) the effects of flood experiences and other sociodemographic characteristics on these preferences. We conducted a nationwide and representative online survey (n = 2,100), including rating-scale statements and a choice experiment (CE). Regarding the rating statements, we found that a majority of respondents (57–67%) is convinced of the advantages of LW reintroduction. However, 47–60% considered LW to be dangerous for canoeists or during floods. For the CE (n = 743), we defined an LW attribute and added information on possible effects. Conditional logit models showed a strong preference for the highest amount of LW, with an odds ratio 5.47 times higher than for the status quo without LW. We also found that personal flood experiences reduce the preferred LW quantities. In contrast, females, higher educational levels, the youngest and oldest age groups, and especially frequent river visitors preferred higher LW amounts. Since the commitment of young people to environmental issues is currently increasing, we believe that specific environmental education opportunities for this group located along the river can contribute significantly to increase acceptance. © 2020 The Authors. River Research and Applications published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Chichester : John Wiley and Sons Ltd
dc.relation.ispartofseries River Research and Applications 37 (2020), Nr. 2
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Unported
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject choice experiment eng
dc.subject flooding experience eng
dc.subject general public eng
dc.subject large wood eng
dc.subject online survey eng
dc.subject river landscapes eng
dc.subject river restoration eng
dc.subject.ddc 570 | Biowissenschaften, Biologie ger
dc.subject.ddc 690 | Hausbau, Bauhandwerk ger
dc.title Why people like or dislike large wood in rivers : a representative survey of the general public in Germany
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.essn 1099-1646
dc.relation.essn 1535-1467
dc.relation.issn 1535-1459
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3743
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 2
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 37
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage 187
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage 197
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