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Comparison of Environmental Attitude between Interest Groups in Gayasan National Park

가야산 국립공원의 이해집단 간 환경태도 비교

  • Han, Jae-Gyeong (Department of Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture, Daegu Catholic University) ;
  • Woo, Hyung-Taek (Faculty of Environmental Science, Horticulture and Landscaping, Daegu Catholic University)
  • 한재경 (대구가톨릭대학교 환경.조경학과) ;
  • 우형택 (대구가톨릭대학교 환경원예조경학부)
  • Received : 2018.07.31
  • Accepted : 2018.09.17
  • Published : 2018.11.30

Abstract

This study aims to analyze and compare environmental attitudes of interest groups, including visitors, local residents, Buddhist monks, and staff of the Korea National Park Service in Gayasan National Park. To achieve this purpose, five hypotheses were formulated and tested. While three hypotheses were statistically rejected, two were accepted. In every interest group, the environmental attitude level of women was higher than that of men. Local residents particularly showed statistically significant differences in accordance with occupation. The difference in environmental attitude between visitors and local residents was not statistically significant. Finally, the environmental attitude level between interest groups was divided into three groups. The staff of the Korea National Park Service showed the highest level of environmental attitude, followed by Buddhist monks, and a group of visitors and residents recorded the lowest. However, the average level of environmental attitude of every interest group scored above the mid-point of 3. Therefore, it can be concluded that there exists no difference between or conflicts among interest groups related to strengthening conservation and management policies regarding the protection of Gayasan National Park.

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