Article excerpt from the Conservation Corridor website:
Usually success in conservation is measured quantitatively, in the number of species protected or the acreage of land preserved. But what about the underlying values and norms that influence how people determine success? Success in conservation, and corridors specifically, is about more than just the numbers.
In their recent paper in Biological Conservation, West et al. use detailed responses from 20 conservation scientists, practitioners, and community representatives in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa to understand how people think about the role of corridors within the broader context of conservation. They emphasize three ways that participants view nature: as an isolated entity that needs protection from human encroachment, as an embedded part of human society that needs to be better integrated with modern development, or as a symbol of cultural heritage for local residents.