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Perception of Sustainable Development in a Local World Heritage Perspective

Department of Public Administration and Planning, Volda University College, 6103 Volda, Norway
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Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8825; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218825
Received: 15 September 2020 / Revised: 16 October 2020 / Accepted: 20 October 2020 / Published: 23 October 2020
Many frameworks, theories and tools exist to help operationalize and comprehend the concepts of sustainable development and sustainability. However, knowledge about how the concepts are perceived at a local level is scarce. The objective of this paper is therefore to gain such insight and, through this, to contribute to the understanding of local sustainability dynamics. A study of perceptions of sustainability was carried out in Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Natural World Heritage Site in Western Norway. Using semi-structured interviews, stakeholders were asked about their perceptions of what sustainable development in Geirangerfjord entails. Several methods of analysis were used, namely, theme analysis, emergent pattern analysis and group comparisons. Furthermore, an approach we call the “What Is Not There (WINT) analysis” was developed to identify themes that are part of the sustainability discourse, but that were not mentioned by stakeholders. Among the results of the analysis are that social dimensions of sustainability dominated the perceptions of stakeholders. Stakeholder perceptions are furthermore context-dependent and are formed by sustainability issues that are close to people’s lives. The study also indicates that place of residence is a strong determinant of perceptions. In this way, the article adds to the existing literature on perceptions of sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: perception of sustainability; sustainable development; stakeholder groups; World Heritage Site (WHS); protected area tourism perception of sustainability; sustainable development; stakeholder groups; World Heritage Site (WHS); protected area tourism
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Yttredal, E.R.; Homlong, N. Perception of Sustainable Development in a Local World Heritage Perspective. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8825. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218825

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Yttredal ER, Homlong N. Perception of Sustainable Development in a Local World Heritage Perspective. Sustainability. 2020; 12(21):8825. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218825

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Yttredal, Else R., and Nathalie Homlong. 2020. "Perception of Sustainable Development in a Local World Heritage Perspective" Sustainability 12, no. 21: 8825. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218825

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