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Nabila Arfaoui and Amandine Gnonlonfin
''Supporting NBS restoration measures: A test of VBN theory in the Brague catchment ''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.2 )
This paper attempts to analyse the influence of socio-psychological factors in building public support for Nature Based Solutions (NBS). From this perspective, we ask how Values, Beliefs and Norms (VBN) link to the preference of NBS in order to mitigate flood risks in the Brague catchment area of France. Based on an original survey, we find that individuals with strong personal norms and beliefs related to altruistic concerns and the ascription of responsibility show a high preference for NBS strategies. In terms of policy implications, these results suggest the importance of encouraging public responsibility towards nature and promoting altruistic concerns by reinforcing a sense of territorial belonging.
Keywords: NBS, Psychology factors, VBN theory, Policy support, Natural disaster risk
JEL: Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics: General
Manuscript Received : Feb 18 2020 Manuscript Accepted : May 09 2020

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