Special Issue "Natural Resources: Human Dimension and Social Aspects of Nature Protection"


A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2010)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Malgorzata Grodzinska-Jurczak

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Krakow, Poland
Website: http://ee.uj.edu.pl/en/staff/malgorzata-grodzinska-jurczak-assoc-prof/about-me
Interests: human dimension of natural resources; human-nature conflicts’ resolving in protected areas; natura 2000 implementation (communication, awareness raising); environmental awareness of public; public participation in waste management; environmental education in formal and non-formal system

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To meet the requirements of the current nature protection system, authorities of many countries have to reconstruct the system and methodology of managing natural resources. This pertains to both: changes in the attitude to natural resource management from a strictly traditional one (considering the biophysical perspective to be the most important perspective in the resource management decision-making process) to a more modern one (characterized by a social sciences approach to natural resource issues, and creating a system allowing for their practical application). It seems impossible to create such a system without the collaboration of human dimension (HD) approach. A rising number of conflicts emerging as a result of implementing various forms of environmental protection programs requires a better understanding of the social consequences of decisions concerning natural resources, and methods’ improvement of employing HD information in the decision-making process.

All studies on human dimension approach worldwide are warmly welcomed in the following Special Issue of Diversity. We are particularly interested in case studies showing how the incorporation of HD approach has affected the natural resources management both in the global scale and in individual countries.

Malgorzata Grodzinska-Jurczak, Ph. D.
Guest Editor


  • human dimension
  • natural resource management
  • protection of natural resources’ conflicts
  • human-wildlife conflicts
  • conflict management
  • public communication
  • public consultation
  • participatory approach

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Diversity 2010, 2(9), 1130-1145; doi:10.3390/d2091130
Received: 31 July 2010 / Accepted: 1 September 2010 / Published: 3 September 2010
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