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Betydelsen av skyddad natur: Människors upplevelse och uppfattning av naturskyddade områden
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this report is to find out how people in Sweden experience nature conservation areas and how it affects their wellbeing when in contact with this areas. The study examines the purpose of visitors in nature protected areas and how mental fatigue can be decreased from nature conservation. Furthermore the study explores impressions from visitors to these areas and the attitude against non-protected areas versus protected areas. The report was based on an online survey which 277 persons participated in.  The answers in the survey were then compared to other similar surveys, since the most other studies are more than 10 years, changes in people’s attitudes could be found. The study shows that visiting nature conservation areas affects people positively and gives recovery from mental exhaustion. A lot of the participants said that they want more protected areas in Sweden, mainly for the biodiversity to thrive but also to preserve nature for the next generations. The most common feeling after visiting a nature protected area was relaxation, which also most people said was their main reason for a visit to protected areas.

 Key words: Nature conservation, mental fatigue, nature protected areas, health effects.

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2016. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
: Nature conservation, mental fatigue, nature protected areas, health effects.
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122890OAI: diva2:942298
Educational program
University Programme in Nature Guiding
Available from: 2016-10-19 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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