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Toward Human-Carnivore Coexistence: Understanding Tolerance for Tigers in Bangladesh

inskip, C, Carter, N, Riley, R, Roberts, T and MacMillan, D (2016) Toward Human-Carnivore Coexistence: Understanding Tolerance for Tigers in Bangladesh PLoS ONE, 11 (1).

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Abstract

Fostering local community tolerance for endangered carnivores, such as tigers (Panthera tigris), is a core component of many conservation strategies. Identification of antecedents of tolerance will facilitate the development of effective tolerance-building conservation action and secure local community support for, and involvement in, conservation initiatives. We use a stated preference approach for measuring tolerance, based on the ‘Wildlife Stakeholder Acceptance Capacity’ concept, to explore villagers’ tolerance levels for tigers in the Bangladesh Sundarbans, an area where, at the time of the research, human-tiger conflict was severe. We apply structural equation modeling to test an a priori defined theoretical model of tolerance and identify the experiential and psychological basis of tolerance in this community. Our results indicate that beliefs about tigers and about the perceived current tiger population trend are predictors of tolerance for tigers. Positive beliefs about tigers and a belief that the tiger population is not currently increasing are both associated with greater stated tolerance for the species. Contrary to commonly-held notions, negative experiences with tigers do not directly affect tolerance levels; instead, their effect is mediated by villagers’ beliefs about tigers and risk perceptions concerning human-tiger conflict incidents. These findings highlight a need to explore and understand the socio-psychological factors that encourage tolerance towards endangered species. Our research also demonstrates the applicability of this approach to tolerance research to a wide range of socio-economic and cultural contexts and reveals its capacity to enhance carnivore conservation efforts worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
inskip, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Carter, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Riley, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Roberts, Tt.m.roberts@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
MacMillan, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 13 January 2016
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0145913
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:35
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820689

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