Pathways of learning about biodiversity and sustainability in private urban gardens

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Diduck , A P , Raymond , C M , Rodela , R , Moquin , R & Boerchers , M 2020 , ' Pathways of learning about biodiversity and sustainability in private urban gardens ' , Journal of Environmental Planning and Management , vol. 63 , no. 6 , pp. 1056-1076 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2019.1633288

Title: Pathways of learning about biodiversity and sustainability in private urban gardens
Author: Diduck, Alan P.; Raymond, Christopher M.; Rodela, Romina; Moquin, Robert; Boerchers, Morrissa
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
ISSN: 0964-0568
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/325805
Abstract: Nature-based solutions directed at improving biodiversity, on both public and private land, can provide multiple benefits, but many of these benefits are not being fully realised. One reason is the normative and cognitive disconnect between people and nature, highlighting the need for new learning programs to foster better nature connections. More is known about learning in the context of community gardens than in relation to private gardens. Using semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis, this study explores learning among residents engaged in home gardening for biodiversity in Winnipeg, Canada. We uncovered diverse and interconnected learning processes/activities founded on formative childhood experiences. The processes/activities were non-formal and informal, and included individual, social and blended experiences. Learning outcomes were also mutually influencing and multi-levelled, comprising normative, cognitive/behavioural and relational changes. The results support an analytical framework suggesting how learning-focused initiatives can enhance biodiversity on private property and aid in delivery of nature-based solutions.
Subject: nature-based solutions
biodiversity conservation
private gardens
non-formal and informal learning
multi-level learning
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
NATURAL-RESOURCE
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
MANAGEMENT
KNOWLEDGE
CAPACITY
EXTENT
PLANT
1172 Environmental sciences
519 Social and economic geography
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