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Nature Conservation as a Base for Sustainable Regional Development An investigation of Swedish successful projects

Törner, Anna (2003)
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
Protected areas serve the purposes of protecting nature and providing possibilities for outdoor recreation. In an area with natural assets, protected or not, different interests are interacting.

The aim of this study was to investigate whether nature conservation could enhance environmental benefits as well as provide economic and social benefits to a region. Another aim was to investigate the determinant factors important for the success of projects related to nature conservation in Sweden. Seven successful projects were selected and assessed using a qualitative methodology involving 37 semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders.

The study concluded that nature conservation could contribute to sustainable regional... (More)
Protected areas serve the purposes of protecting nature and providing possibilities for outdoor recreation. In an area with natural assets, protected or not, different interests are interacting.

The aim of this study was to investigate whether nature conservation could enhance environmental benefits as well as provide economic and social benefits to a region. Another aim was to investigate the determinant factors important for the success of projects related to nature conservation in Sweden. Seven successful projects were selected and assessed using a qualitative methodology involving 37 semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders.

The study concluded that nature conservation could contribute to sustainable regional development, i.e. by providing positive economic, environmental and social effects to a region. The identified determinant factors for the success of projects related to nature conservation were local support, networks, knowledge development, tourism strategies, commitment of external and internal actors, a holistic vision, potential existence of conflicts, new working methods, enthusiastic project leaders, visible results, national/international recognition and funding.

Further research and recommendations for decision-makers concerning the practical utilisation of the results were suggested, e.g. an advisory forum where best practices could be benchmarked. (Less)
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author
Törner, Anna
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Protected areas, nature conservation, environmental benefits, economic benefits, social benefits, sustainable regional development, Environmental studies, Miljöstudier
language
English
id
1325231
date added to LUP
2007-03-01 00:00:00
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2007-03-01 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {Protected areas serve the purposes of protecting nature and providing possibilities for outdoor recreation. In an area with natural assets, protected or not, different interests are interacting.

The aim of this study was to investigate whether nature conservation could enhance environmental benefits as well as provide economic and social benefits to a region. Another aim was to investigate the determinant factors important for the success of projects related to nature conservation in Sweden. Seven successful projects were selected and assessed using a qualitative methodology involving 37 semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders.

The study concluded that nature conservation could contribute to sustainable regional development, i.e. by providing positive economic, environmental and social effects to a region. The identified determinant factors for the success of projects related to nature conservation were local support, networks, knowledge development, tourism strategies, commitment of external and internal actors, a holistic vision, potential existence of conflicts, new working methods, enthusiastic project leaders, visible results, national/international recognition and funding.

Further research and recommendations for decision-makers concerning the practical utilisation of the results were suggested, e.g. an advisory forum where best practices could be benchmarked.},
  author       = {Törner, Anna},
  keyword      = {Protected areas,nature conservation,environmental benefits,economic benefits,social benefits,sustainable regional development,Environmental studies,Miljöstudier},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Nature Conservation as a Base for Sustainable Regional Development An investigation of Swedish successful projects},
  year         = {2003},
}