"Nature Conservation and the Voluntary Principle"

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Environmental Values (journal)

Francis, John M. “Nature Conservation and the Voluntary Principle.” Environmental Values 3, no. 3, (1994): 267–71. doi:10.3197/096327194776679719.

Primary legislation in Britain has enshrined the “voluntary principle” at the centre of the working relationship between nature conservationists and other land-users. This paper examines the dilemma that arises from the application of the legislation to long-term land management strategies in support of nature conservation. In its historical context this approach does not sit easily with wider goals such as the land-use ethic of Aldo Leopold or the search for an ethic of sustainability.

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