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Sustainable Development of a Peripheral Mountain Region on the State Border: Case Study of Moravské Kopanice Microregion (Moravia)

Department of Applied and Landscape Ecology, Mendel University in Brno, Brno 61300, Czech Republic
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Sustainability 2019, 11(19), 5540; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11195540
Received: 29 August 2019 / Revised: 4 October 2019 / Accepted: 4 October 2019 / Published: 8 October 2019
The sustainability of rural areas is considered to be most threatened in peripheral, hardly accessible microregions with insufficient economical sources. The paper analyses one such rural area in the eastern part of Moravia from the viewpoint of individual economic, social, and environmental sustainability pillars. The area under study is the mountain territory on the border with Slovakia, which is under large-scale landscape protection. The area with very limited economic sources has been impacted with a change to the geopolitical situation after 1993 (from the centre of Czechoslovakia to the fringe of Czechia). It was stated that the environmental pillar is in the best of conditions; however, perhaps threatened with missing technical infrastructure in relation to the disposal of solid, liquid, and gaseous waste, the social pillar is improving in relation to the post-productive transition, whereas the economic pillar is the most fragile because of its dependence on exogenous jobs in surrounding towns. In general, the microregion seems to be sustainable at the moment. Long-term sustainability will depend on the general economic, demographic, and climatic development of the country and Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; rural periphery; borderland; White Carpathian Mts.; Moravia sustainability; rural periphery; borderland; White Carpathian Mts.; Moravia
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Vaishar, A.; Šťastná, M. Sustainable Development of a Peripheral Mountain Region on the State Border: Case Study of Moravské Kopanice Microregion (Moravia). Sustainability 2019, 11, 5540.

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