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Sustainability 2015, 7(8), 11213-11239; doi:10.3390/su70811213

Sustaining a Korean Traditional Rural Landscape in the Context of Cultural Landscape

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Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield, The Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2TN, UK
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Department of Geography, Korea National University of Education, Gangnae-myeon, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungbuk 28173, Korea
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 15 May 2015 / Accepted: 12 August 2015 / Published: 14 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscape and Sustainability)
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Abstract

Traditional rural landscapes emerged from the long term interaction of the natural and anthropogenic environment. These landscapes are now threatened by drastic social-ecological changes. Recent international trends on sustaining cultural landscapes place great emphasis on understanding of multiple values, presented in the landscape, by considering various stakeholder perspectives. It is now recognized that strong community engagement with the landscape should be translated into conservation and management practices. This paper aims to examine the recent conservation activities around endangered traditional rural landscapes in Korea through a case study of Gacheon village. In this village, since 2000, a series of central administrative measures have been implemented to revive the local community, and to conserve its distinctive landscape. By analyzing challenges to the site, by discussing conservation experience and lessons, and by recommending future strategies for sustaining its cultural landscapes, this paper is expected to provide a basis for future policy-making for safeguarding traditional rural landscapes. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural landscape; rice terraces; cultural landscape; landscape conservation; community engagement rural landscape; rice terraces; cultural landscape; landscape conservation; community engagement
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Jung, H.-J.; Ryu, J.-H. Sustaining a Korean Traditional Rural Landscape in the Context of Cultural Landscape. Sustainability 2015, 7, 11213-11239.

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