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Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1567; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051567

The Cultural Value of Protected Areas as Models of Sustainable Development

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Department of Pharmacy, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
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Department of Economics, University of Foggia, Largo Papa Giovanni Paolo II, 1, 71121 Foggia, Italy
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Department of Letters, Languages, Literature and Modern and Ancient Civilizations, University of Perugia, Piazza Morlacchi, 06123 Perugia, Italy
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Department of Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Via Duomo, 219, 80138 Naples, Italy
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Received: 16 February 2018 / Revised: 30 April 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 / Published: 14 May 2018
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Abstract

In recognition of the urgent need to drive the transition to truly sustainable development, it is our belief that the divisions still distinguishing economic, social and environmental dimensions of human activities can impede the creation of conditions for sustainable development. Our paper investigates reference models for integrating such economic, social and environmental perspectives of sustainable development, proposing a systems approach. We take into consideration protected areas as models of sustainable development by means of a case study, discussing (1) the need to integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of human activity; and (2) opportunities offered by protected areas as reference models for promoting sustainable development in the wider surrounding territory. Findings highlight the cultural value of protected areas as models of sustainable development leveraging territorial governance on the basis of a systems approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: protected areas; sustainable development; landscape; governance; systems approach protected areas; sustainable development; landscape; governance; systems approach
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Saviano, M.; Di Nauta, P.; Montella, M.M.; Sciarelli, F. The Cultural Value of Protected Areas as Models of Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1567.

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