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Decision-Making Strategies for Future Restoration from a Public Perspective

Authors: Erica Edmonston*, University of Central Florida, Fernando Rivera*, University of Central Florida, Timothy Hawthorne*, University of Central Florida, Hannah R. Torres, Old Dominion University
Topics: Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Coastal and Marine, Qualitative Research
Keywords: Decision making, restoration, citizen science, community
Session Type: Paper
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The purpose of the study is to analyze the decision-making process of individuals within a focus group asked to choose three specific places in the Indian River Lagoon that should receive special attention or resources for future decision making. Understanding the group’s strategies could provide insight or application to the fields of citizen science and community involvement to further develop programs encouraging the public to become more involved in conservation and restoration efforts. The themes and categories were determined by reviewing transcribed interviews manually. In addition to clarifying the question, major strategic themes were choosing densely populated or developed areas, locations of recreational importance to the public, and choosing the whole lagoon due to the inability to select only one spot of significance. Including the local citizens in restoration planning and efforts could provide benefits to bridging the gap between research and the public.

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