Socio-Demographic Correlates of Biodiversity Perception: The Need for Environmental Education

Authors

  • Farrah Samraoui
  • Abdallah Aouadi Université 8 Mai 1945, Guelma
  • Department of Ecology, University of Mai Department of Ecology, University of Mai
  • Boudjéma Samraoui Department of Biology, University of Badji Mokhtar

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55628/jctie.v2i1.15

Keywords:

Biodiversity, Environmental Education, Gender-gap

Abstract

Algerian cities have experienced rampant urbanization for several years; this growth often occurs at the expense of natural habitats. Here, we present the results of the first census using a questionnaire focused on an urban pond in order to investigate the biodiversity perceptions in local attitudes, knowledge, and values. Our study reveals a general lack of understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services, which may mislead local citizens to disconnect biodiversity from utilitarian or hedonic values. Furthermore, a large proportion of respondents perceived the wetlands as a nuisance. Equally important, the results among respondents indicate a significant gender bias due to a narrower window of opportunities (education, jobs, etc.) available to women than that which is available to men. The results point to an urgent need to implement policies aimed at inequality reduction and welfare improvement. Our study needs replication across the region, and its results should inform decision-makers in designing relevant policies associated with urban planning, investment in human capital, environmental education in school curricula, and the empowerment of women.

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Published

2022-02-28

How to Cite

Samraoui, F. ., Aouadi, A. ., Talbi, A. ., & Samraoui, B. . (2022). Socio-Demographic Correlates of Biodiversity Perception: The Need for Environmental Education. Journal of Contemporary Trends and Issues in Education, 2(1), 19–51. https://doi.org/10.55628/jctie.v2i1.15