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Local sustainability initiatives in English national parks: what role for adaptive governance?

Clark, J.R.A. and Clarke, Richard (2011) Local sustainability initiatives in English national parks: what role for adaptive governance? Land Use Policy 28 (1), pp. 314-324. ISSN 0264-8377.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2010.06.012

Abstract

Adaptive governance has assumed growing importance in natural resource management literatures, emphasising learning and adaptation among actors at different political administrative levels and geographic scales as a precondition for the emergence of sustainable development. Here we assess this claim by examining five case studies of ‘good practice’ in sustainability, drawn from a national survey conducted in English National Parks. Specifically, we evaluate whether (1) adaptive governance characteristics are present in these ‘good practice’ initiatives, and (2) what governance role, if any, National Park Authorities have played in mediating individual and collective activities and behaviours within these projects at different levels and scales. We conclude with a critical assessment of the capacity of the adaptive governance approach to furnish new understandings of sustainable development initiatives in English NPs.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): English national parks, adaptive governance, local sustainable development initiatives
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 16:22
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2964

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