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Mobilising private houseowners to implement blue-green infrastructure through framing

Lenk, Miriam (2020) Mobilising private houseowners to implement blue-green infrastructure through framing.

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Abstract:Climate change is a threat to planet earth and all beings and habitats. Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) is one way of alleviating the effects of climate change by adapting the built environment. Especially urban and peri-urban areas are in need for a shift from grey to green infrastructure, because of the growing urban population, the intensity of grey infrastructure in place, and the expected severe effects of climate change. BGI provides several Ecosystem Services (ESS), such as regulating the climate and water, acting as habitat for animals, and providing recreational and educational opportunities. Financial incentives are the most commonly used tool to mobilise implementation and up until this point there is little research on socio-cultural and political-institutional factors which may influence the perception and behaviour of individuals. Also, the conscious framing, spotlighting an issue in a certain way, is still to be research within this field. Focussing on the Netherlands, this research contributes to understanding factors that can mobilise private houseowners to implement BGI and to assess the potential of framing as a tool for changing private houseowners’ perception. A total of 69 houseowners participated in a survey that elicited their opinion on climate change, flooding, heat stress and BGI. The analysis show that a positive opinion on climate change adaptation and heat stress have a positive influence on their opinion on BGI. Framing climate change as a loss, if no adaptation measures are taken, resulted in a slightly more positive opinion on BGI; compared to a frame on the gains from climate change adaptation, and a frame about a subsidy, which refers to no losses or gains, and. Four actions were identified to mobilise houseowners: Providing reliable and accessible information about BGI, offering financial incentives for implementing BGI, raising awareness about the urgency of climate change adaptation, and framing flooding as a current issue. These insights are useful for municipalities to design measures for mobilising residents, particularly private houseowners, to take part in the climate change adaptation process.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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