Protected Areas and Regional Development in Europe: Towards a New Model for the 21st Century

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Ingo Mose
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Nov 28, 2012 - Business & Economics - 268 pages

While originally created as reserves for beautiful landscapes and endangered species, protected areas in Europe were subsequently used as a means to preserve whole ecosystems, with restrictions on human activities and impacts. More recently, protected areas are also being considered as instruments for regional development, particularly in marginal regions facing severe economic and socio-cultural problems. Contrary to previous conservation-focused policies, new approaches aim to blend conservation and development functions, making protected areas real 'living landscapes' and integrating activities such as agriculture, forestry, handicrafts, tourism and education with the conservation and sustainability aspects.
The past decade has seen a marked increase in these innovative and dynamic types of protected areas. However, the policies of individual European countries are very varied. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the relationship between protected areas and regional development policies, both in theory and practice. Illustrated with a wide range of case studies from across Europe, it compares the different concepts, strategies and instruments being used. In conclusion, it suggests the most innovative and successful ways to use protected areas for regeneration and sustainable regional development.


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Professor Ingo Mose is Professor in Regional Sciences at The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences (IBU), Regional Sciences Working Group, Germany

Ingo Mose, Norbert Weixlbaumer, Thomas Hammer, Birgit Nolte, Christine Gamper, Martin Heintel, Michael Leitner, Isabelle Mauz, Stefan Kah, Andreas Voth, Markus Liebenath, L. Rory MacLellan, Jarkko Saarinen, Dominik Siegrist, Marco Aufdereggen, Florian Lintzmeyer, Harry Spiess.

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