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Special Issue "Rural Landscapes - Challenges and Solutions to Landscape Governance"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2020.
Interests: rural landscape; landscape management
Interests: rural landscapes; society and environment; landscape ecology; Mediterranean land-use systems; landscape management and governance
Rural landscape dynamics are challenging existing policy regimes for a number of reasons, and new approaches to landscape governance regimes are called for. The underlying driving forces for landscape change—market developments, technological innovations, and urbanization in various forms, including counter-urbanization and tourism—are increasingly interlinked and globalized. Policy regimes are functioning at multiple levels across a number of sectors. Some domains have been de-regulated, such as agricultural policies; others have expanded, such as nature conservation and natural resource policies; and others, again, have been decentralized, such as land-use planning—all adding to the complexity of change and regulation. Finally, rural communities themselves have changed because of various combinations of in and out migrations, and often find themselves locked in between the increasing influence from outside forces and internal social and cultural segregation. Power relations have changed, although these changes are not always acknowledged by those involved.
In this Special Issue, we address these challenges for rural landscape governance. Based on literature reviews and empirical studies, we tackle the following questions: How are the key actors in present day landscapes coping with the change processes and the resulting governance challenges? How are these key actors interplaying with each other? What general governance challenges can be identified and what characterizes these challenges? Which approaches have been shown to point forward and how can they be brought together in the specific contexts forming the conditions for the individual rural landscape?
Prof. Jørgen Primdahl
Prof. Teresa Pinto-Correia
Prof. Dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde
Manuscript Submission Information
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- rural landscape management
- public policies
- rural communities and actors
- landscape and societal change