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Participatory comprehensive planning to handle competing land-use priorities in the sparsely populated rural context

Zachrisson, Anna and Bjärstig, Therese and Thellbro, Camilla and Neumann, Wiebke and Svensson, Johan (2021). Participatory comprehensive planning to handle competing land-use priorities in the sparsely populated rural context. Journal of Rural Studies. 88 , 1-13
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Rural areas supply the planet's natural resources while simultaneously harbor refuges for most of the world's remaining biodiversity and intact, resilient ecosystems. Since traditional extractive activities must increasingly co-exist with non-exploitative activities such as tourism and conservation, sustainable land use planning is essential for managing trade-offs between incompatible interests in rural areas. With "communicative planning" being promoted since decades, participation is considered crucial for reconciling different planning interests. However, the implementation of participation remains patchy and uneven, not least in sparsely populated regions with low capacity where participation could be a game-changer. Here, we consider municipal comprehensive planning as an existing arena to explore participatory planning approaches potentially capable of simultaneously managing competing land uses and promoting sustainable development in sparsely populated rural contexts. Collaborative work between researchers and public managers resulted in the co-development of an approach based on qualitative village- and interest-based focus groups that facilitated the formulation, negotiation, and legitimization of concrete and detailed local guidelines that prioritize between different land uses. Consequently, the resulting comprehensive plan draft was more readily adopted than the output of a traditional planning process. We found that citizens in sparsely populated municipalities seem willing to actively contribute to rural development processes if they have significant influence.

Authors/Creators:Zachrisson, Anna and Bjärstig, Therese and Thellbro, Camilla and Neumann, Wiebke and Svensson, Johan
Title:Participatory comprehensive planning to handle competing land-use priorities in the sparsely populated rural context
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Rural Studies
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:88
Page range:1-13
Number of Pages:13
ISSN:0743-0167
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Economic Geography
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Keywords:rural planning, sparsely populated areas, land use conflicts, tourism, reindeer husbandry, snowmobiling
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114830
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114830
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DOI10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.09.031
ID Code:26949
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management

(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
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Deposited On:09 Feb 2022 11:25
Metadata Last Modified:09 Feb 2022 11:31

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