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National parks in the mountains and the simulation of local participatory processes

May 05, 2010
This year's first issue of the "Revue de géographie alpine" / "Journal of alpine research" presents research on protected mountain areas and the participatory processes in those areas. The five essays discuss questions such as: Do trends and political guidelines contribute to the identification of compromises and consensus, and to the rectification of previous follies in environmental policy?
National parks do not only consist of nature: in many places, protected areas are worked by people.
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National parks do not only consist of nature: in many places, protected areas are worked by people. © Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Kärnten / Daniel Zupanc
Do cross-border dynamics and exchanges of experience during symposiums for those responsible for protected areas lead to common or widely used concepts for the management of national parks?
National parks have a long history. In the past, their creation has often led to conflicts with the local, native population. Since the 1970s, the involvement of the public has become common practice in national park management, although local reality differs. In his contribution, Stéphane Héritier argues that public participation may also split the population and make the creation of effective coalitions of interest groups more difficult.
The essays can be found in English and French under: http://rga.revues.org/index1086.html (en/fr)