The World Harbor Project Survey

Thank you for participating in this survey. We appreciate your time and effort.

 

This survey is being conducted by the World Harbor Project and supported by Northeastern University in USA. The goal of the survey is to understand what people think of ecological engineering in harbors. Ecological engineering is the process of combining ecology with engineering to enhance the ecological value of buildings and infrastructure. This information will be used to develop better planning and management strategies for ecological engineering in harbors around the world.

This survey consists of four parts:

1) Questions about your use of the harbor

2) Questions about your views on man-made structures in the harbor

3) Questions about your views on ecological engineering

4) Questions about your background, to make sure we collect information that reflects all backgrounds in the population living in the area

 

All responses are confidential and the survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

PART 1: This first section focuses on the way in which you use the harbor. To clarify, the harbor is the area defined as 2 miles around the coast (within blue line). The foreshore is defined as 0.5 miles from the coast into coastal waters.

<span style="color: #3366ff;">PART 1: This first section focuses on the way in which you use the harbor. To clarify, the harbor is the area defined as 2 miles around the coast (within blue line). The foreshore is defined as 0.5 miles from the coast into coastal waters.</span>

* Select all the ways you use the harbor (Select all that apply)

* How do you primarily use the harbor? (Select one answer)

* What is the frequency of your main activity? (Select one answer)

* What percentage of your income do you get from the harbor? (Select one answer, Note: If you work within 2 miles of the harbor boundary, in any employment sector, then 100% of your income comes from the harbor)

PART 2: For this section, harbor development will be the focus. We would like to understand your views about the use of all man-made structures (e.g. jetties, breakwaters, groynes and seawalls) in your harbor.

<span style="color: #3366ff;">PART 2: For this section, harbor development will be the focus. We would like to understand your views about the use of all man-made structures (e.g. jetties, breakwaters, groynes and seawalls) in your harbor.</span>

* What are your views on the harbor environment (Select one answer for each statement)

  Strongly disagree Disagree Indifferent or I don’t know Agree Strongly agree
The harbor and foreshore environments are generally healthy
The harbor and foreshore environments have been degraded by human development
Maintaining a healthy harbor during development will improve quality of life for people living in and around the harbor
Building man-made structures has improved quality of life for people in and around the harbor
Building man-made structures has enabled economic development in and around the harbor

* How would you rate your knowledge of the harbor? (Select one answer)

* How would you rate your concern for the harbor environment? (Select one answer)

* Considering the whole harbor, what do you think is the dominant structure in your harbor (click on the answer to see a photo), in terms of area (Select one answer)?

* What do you think the purpose is of your selected dominant man-made structure? (Select one answer)

* Do you think any natural habitats are impacted by your chosen structure? (Select one answer)

* If yes is chosen: Which habitat(s) do you think are most impacted by your chosen structure? (Select all that apply)

PART 3: In the next section we are interested in your views on ecological engineering. Ecological engineering is the practice of combining engineering and ecology to minimise the ecological impacts of man-made structures (such as jetties, groynes and seawalls). Ecological engineering options include, replacing man-made structures or planting on man-made structures with habitat-forming species, building with natural or eco-friendly materials and/or adding new features.

<span style="color: #3366ff;">PART 3: In the next section we are interested in your views on ecological engineering. Ecological engineering is the practice of combining engineering and ecology to minimise the ecological impacts of man-made structures (such as jetties, groynes and seawalls). Ecological engineering options include, replacing man-made structures or planting on man-made structures with habitat-forming species, building with natural or eco-friendly materials and/or adding new features.</span>

* Are you interested in ecological engineering?(Select one answer)

* How would you rate your knowledge of ecological engineering? (Select one answer)

* Are you supportive of ecological engineering? (Select one answer)

* What are the positive effects of ecological engineering (Select one answer for each statement)

  Strongly agree Agree Indifferent or I don’t know Disagree Strongly disagree
Ecological engineering in harbors is generally important
Increasing abundance of native species is important
Aesthetics and making ecological engineering visually appealing is important
Reducing the abundance of invasive species is important
Improving nursery habitats for native species is important
Improving the water quality is important
Stabilising the shoreline is important
Minimising risks of degradation to existing habitats is important

* What are the negative effects of ecological engineering? (Select one answer for each statement)

  Strongly agree Agree Indifferent or I don't know Disagree Strongly disagree
It interferes with harbor structures
It has increased cost of development
It has an environmental impact
It has health and safety concerns
There are no concerns with ecological engineering

* What do you think about the cost of ecological engineering in your harbor (Select one answer for each statement)

  Strongly agree Agree Indifferent or I don't know Disagree Strongly disagree
I would be willing to donate money
I would be willing to pay extra taxes
I would be willing to pay a council levy
I would be willing to vote to ensure businesses include the costs in future developments
PART 4: The last section of this survey asks for information about your cultural, professional and ancestral background, which will help us to understand the connection between you and the harbour. All of the results from this survey are anonymous.

* Which age range do you belong to? (Select one answer)

* Which gender are you? (Select one answer)

* What is the highest level of schooling or higher education qualification you have achieved? (Select one answer)

* What approximately is your income before tax, per annum? Please note that we are asking for your individual income and not your entire household. (Select one answer)

* Are you a member of any of the following stakeholder groups? (Select all that apply)

* What is the number of years you have been living within the harbor? (Select one answer)

* Where were you born? (Select one answer)

* What is the predominant language spoken by you at home? (Select one answer)

* How would you rate your understanding of the survey? (Select one answer)

* And lastly, please tell us your ZIP code

Please click on the text to complete the Mapping exercise

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