Understanding the Relation with Nature in the City: Biodiversity Knowledge and Environmental Awareness in a Periurban Area of Quito, Ecuador

Belén Morales-Espín, Flor Ortiz, Enmily Sánchez-Lara, Mónica Páez-Vacas, Kevin Muñoz-Lara, Erick Bravo-Vera, Daniela Franco-Mena, Natasha Baer, Nora H. Oleas, Ibon Tobes

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    The development of ecological sustainability within cities requires raising awareness among citizens of the importance of biodiversity for their daily lives. We evaluated the biodiversity awareness of high school students and their families, working with two schools in Guayllabamba, part of the Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador. A total of 405 people answered a survey to evaluate their knowledge about basic biological concepts, urban biodiversity and environmental awareness. People in Guayllabamba have some biodiversity knowledge, mainly for domestic or human-related species, with emphasis on those with direct human uses (food and medicine). The surveyed citizens showed a positive environmental awareness attitude, they consider biodiversity important and use it in their lives. However, we identified gaps in which environmental education should focus for clarifying concepts like “endemic”, “native” or “wild”. Ecosystem contribution of biodiversity is neither well understood. Our results point out AN utilitarian knowledge of nature that can be related to a periurban area where agriculture and farmland still have important presence, and where the daily contact with biodiversity remains. The reinforcement of biological awareness driven by environmental education may be a key component to promote environmentally friendly urban development in the area.

    Idioma originalInglés
    Título de la publicación alojadaSustainability, Energy and City - Proceedings of CSECity’21
    EditoresManuel Ignacio Chauvin, Miguel Botto-Tobar, Angela Díaz Cadena, Sergio Montes León
    EditorialSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
    Páginas70-80
    Número de páginas11
    ISBN (versión impresa)9783030942618
    DOI
    EstadoPublicada - 2022
    Evento1st Congress in Sustainability, Energy and City, CSECity 2021 - Ambato, Ecuador
    Duración: 28 jun. 202129 jun. 2021

    Serie de la publicación

    NombreLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
    Volumen379 LNNS
    ISSN (versión impresa)2367-3370
    ISSN (versión digital)2367-3389

    Conferencia

    Conferencia1st Congress in Sustainability, Energy and City, CSECity 2021
    País/TerritorioEcuador
    CiudadAmbato
    Período28/06/2129/06/21

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