PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 442 - Austrian Citizen Science Conference 2023 (ACSC2023) - Main Session
expedition.nationalpark.2022 – Dialogue as a method for a transdisciplinary format
M. Auinger*, M. Jungmeier and K. Hilgarter
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Published on: November 14, 2023
In the unique ecosystem of the Hohe Tauern National Park (HTNP), balancing agricultural activities with conservation efforts presents a complex challenge. This study addresses the critical issue of communication between the national park and the agricultural sector, aiming to bridge the gap between these two vital stakeholders. Two primary research questions guide this inquiry: firstly, the evaluation of participants' perspectives on the developed transdisciplinary citizen science approach; secondly, the identification of specific aspects crucial to agriculture within the HTNP. These research questions employed a transdisciplinary citizen science format that took place for the first time in Mallnitz (Austria) in 2022. Local actors and researchers met for visits to ten agricultural hosts, engaging in discussions that were recorded and subsequently subjected to content analysis. The results indicated a high positive assessment of the transdisciplinary format. Key factors identified as pivotal in the agricultural context of the HTNP include grants, contracts, and notifications, appreciation and recognition, time constraints, the entrepreneurial spirit within the region, and the return of wolves. The study concludes that the transdisciplinary citizen science format is effective and adaptable for similar settings. Additionally, the findings serve as a foundational resource for the ongoing development of the national park and its management plans, providing invaluable insights for decision-makers and stakeholders involved in the conservation-agriculture interface.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.442.0017
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