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ERIC Number: EJ780455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Envisioning Upland Futures: Stakeholder Responses to Scenarios for Europe's Mountain Landscapes
Soliva, Reto; Ronningen, Katrina; Bella, Ioanna; Bezak, Peter; Cooper, Tamsin; Flo, Bjorn Egil; Marty, Pascal; Potter, Clive
Journal of Rural Studies, v24 n1 p56-71 Jan 2008
In a period of agricultural decline in the uplands of Europe, agriculture is ceasing to provide the primary rationale for the organisation, utilisation and functioning of rural space. Policy reform, market trends and changes to the way citizens and consumers think about the countryside all suggest a need for thinking strategically about the future development of these areas. However, without a broad involvement of stakeholders, land use conflicts, and social and cultural conflicts in general, may increase. Involving stakeholders in upland areas can be facilitated by using scenario technique and by discussing alternative futures in local stakeholder panels. In this paper we present four scenarios of land-use change for the year 2030, and their assessments by stakeholder panels in Scotland, France, Norway, Switzerland, Slovakia and Greece. The aim of the paper is to explore the ways in which stakeholders in these locations advocate and assess these scenarios. We also explore how stakeholders in different countries weight the visual landscape impacts, the livelihood and biodiversity aspects of the scenarios in their assessment, and the reasons for their prioritising. The cross-country analysis shows that stakeholders across the study areas are united in their overall rejection of agricultural liberalisation, advocating a production-oriented, but multifunctional and environmentally-friendly agriculture that maintains landscapes and biodiversity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; Greece; Norway; Slovakia; Switzerland; United Kingdom (Scotland)