Public Perception of the Antarctic Wilderness: Surveys from an Educated, Environmentally Knowledgeable European Community

In: Alan Watson, Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar and Brooke McBride (eds), Science and Stewardship to Protect and Sustain Wilderness Values, Rocky Mountain Research Station (Proceedings RMRS-P-64), Fort Collins, 2011: 109-117

9 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012

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Tina Tin

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)

Kees Bastmeijer

Tilburg University

Jessica O'Reilly

University of California, San Diego (UCSD); Princeton University

Patrick Mayer

University of Northern British Columbia

Date Written: December 20, 2012

Abstract

In 2007 and 2008, students from Tilburg University (the Netherlands) collected 269 responses on a questionnaire about Antarctica and its management. Respondents in the Netherlands clearly supported protecting Antarctica as a wilderness, and acknowledged Antarctica’s importance as part of the global climate system and as a science laboratory for the benefit of mankind. Since the Consultative Parties to the Antarctic Treaty frequently state that they manage Antarctica “for the benefit of mankind,” research on the general public’s opinion on management issues should be considered relevant information for the decision making process within the Antarctic Treaty System. The strongest opinions of those surveyed suggest that they would like to see that management of Antarctica would allow for scientific research and educational visits on a small scale, while several other categories of activities — many commercial, for-profit or extractive — would be discouraged or prohibited. Large scale tourism, land-based tourism, construction of roads and airstrips, mineral resource activities and whaling all received little support from the respondents. According to respondents, “protecting Antarctica’s wilderness values,” as mandated under the Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty, means ensuring that Antarctica remains as close as possible to its original condition.

Keywords: Antarctica, wilderness, wild, Antarctic tourism, values, public perception, Netherlands, mining, Antarctic Treaty, Environmental Protocol, benefit of mankind

JEL Classification: K32, K33, N50, Q26

Suggested Citation

Tin, Tina and Bastmeijer, Kees and O'Reilly, Jessica and Mayer, Patrick, Public Perception of the Antarctic Wilderness: Surveys from an Educated, Environmentally Knowledgeable European Community (December 20, 2012). In: Alan Watson, Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar and Brooke McBride (eds), Science and Stewardship to Protect and Sustain Wilderness Values, Rocky Mountain Research Station (Proceedings RMRS-P-64), Fort Collins, 2011: 109-117. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192071 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2192071

Tina Tin (Contact Author)

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) ( email )

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Kees Bastmeijer

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/webwijs/show/?uid=c.j.bastmeijer

Jessica O'Reilly

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

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United States

Princeton University ( email )

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Princeton, NJ 08544-0708
United States

Patrick Mayer

University of Northern British Columbia ( email )

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United States

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