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Toward a nuanced and targeted forest and peat fires prevention policy: Insight from psychology

Trihadmojo, Bambang, Jones, Christopher R., Prasastyoga, Bramesada, Walton, Chris and Sulaiman, Ahmad (2020) Toward a nuanced and targeted forest and peat fires prevention policy: Insight from psychology Forest Policy and Economics, 120, 102293.

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Indonesian forest and peat fires have become global concern. Not only the fires have caused regional environmental and humanitarian crises, they also have exacerbated global climate change. Radical and rapid land use change couple with irresponsible practice of clearing land through burning are key contributing factors. In response, the Indonesian government issued a strict ban on the practice. While this policy outcome continues to shortfall, it implicates traditional farmers whose subsistence depends on such a practice. This reality necessitates effort to develop a more nuanced and targeted intervention. Thus, this study examines individual's intention to clear land using fire. We surveyed 151 Indonesian traditional farmers based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), the Norm Activation Model (NAM) and past behavior. We identified the TPB, which is augmented by the past behavior and awareness of consequences, as the optimal model for explaining variance in the intention. Implications for developing more effective educational campaigns are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Trihadmojo, Bambang
Jones, Christopher
Prasastyoga, Bramesada
Walton, Chris
Sulaiman, Ahmad
Date : November 2020
DOI : 10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102293
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Burning; Theory of Planned Behavior; Norm Activation Model; Forest management; Forest and peat fires
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 05 Oct 2020 17:52
Last Modified : 05 Oct 2020 17:52

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