External Resources

Below are a selection of publications, reports and useful links that explore how we can better adopt a values based approach to marine conservation.


Getting below the surface

A report into public perception of marine conservation at the UK by the FrameWorks Institute, commissioned by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and  presented at our ‘The Ocean Connects Us‘ event in March 2017.

The Schwartz theory of basic universal values

This article describes the Schwartz theory of basic human values. Examining the nature of values, Schwartz discusses the features that are common to all values and what distinguishes one value from another. The theory identifies ten basic personal values that are recognized across cultures and explains where they come from. Schwartz also looks at how values differ from other concepts used to explain behavior, attitudes, beliefs, norms, and traits

Common cause for nature

This report offers recommendations for the conservation sector and others on how to ensure their work strengthens the values that motivate people to protect and enjoy nature. Produced in collaboration with thirteen UK conservation organisations, it is based on original analysis of these groups’ communications, workshop discussions, survey responses and in-depth interviews.

Why social values cannot be changed for the sake of conservation

Research describing the processes by which values are formed and sustained. Manfredo et al suggest that new work around values and conservation should  be taken within a systems framework.

Blue Health 

How can we map the benefits to social health and wellbeing from Europe’s blue spaces? BlueHealth, a pan-European research initiative investigating the links between environment, climate and health, are developing a protocol.