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Willing to have, willing to help, or ready to own — Determinants of variants of stewardship social practices around blue-green infrastructure in dense urban communities

Lamond, Jessica; Everett, Glyn

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Jessica Lamond Jessica.Lamond@uwe.ac.uk
College Dean for Research & Enterprise



Abstract

Introduction: There is increasing acceptance of the desirability of involving communities in stewardship activities around urban blue-green infrastructure (BGI) to generate acceptance, reduce vandalism and decrease the maintenance burden on authorities. However, little is yet known about the willingness of communities to engage in such stewardship, or the drivers to participate in activities. Methods: This research adopted a practice lens and firstly defined three variants of BGI stewardship associated with passive acceptance, active care for and ownership of BGI. Secondly, the research conceptualized these practices within a complex of pro-environmental practices communities could perform. Through a face-to-face household survey in a dense UK urban area, the research sought to identify the prevalence of these variants of practice, their associations with other pro-environmental practices and the meanings, resources and competencies that drive a household's willingness to engage. Results: The research found different willingness for the three variants with passive most popular and ownership least. Meanings associated with BGI stewardship practice appeared to differ in crucial respects from other pro-environmental practices and were most associated with water-management rather than climate concern, however some place-based motivations were also involved. Practical resource and competency considerations also affected willingness to perform active stewardship and ownership variants. Discussion: The research concluded that promoting the water-management aspects of BGI for all variants, along with facilitation of engagement with more active variants, could increase interest in BGI stewardship participation.

Citation

Lamond, J., & Everett, G. (2023). Willing to have, willing to help, or ready to own — Determinants of variants of stewardship social practices around blue-green infrastructure in dense urban communities. Frontiers in Water, 5, 1048494. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2023.1048494

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 2, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 26, 2023
Publication Date Jan 26, 2023
Deposit Date Feb 5, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 6, 2023
Journal Frontiers in Water
Electronic ISSN 2624-9375
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Pages 1048494
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2023.1048494
Keywords Water, Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI), stewardship, flooding, Social Practice Theory (SPT), raingardens, permeable paving, rainwater barrel
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10431253
Publisher URL https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frwa.2023.1048494/full?&utm_source=Email_to_authors_&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=T1_11.5e1_author&utm_campaign=Email_publication&field=&journalName=Frontiers_in_Water&id=1048494

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