Special Issue "Protected Areas and Their Contribution to Sustainable Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2022 | Viewed by 1785
Interests: anthropology; heritage; tourism; sociocultural impacts of protected areas
Interests: sociocultural effects of tourism; conceptualization and management of nature; patrimonialization process
Interests: social-ecological systems; urban–rural gradients; land planning; simulation scenarios; landscape structure; global change; socioeconomic models
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We are pelased to invite you to contribute to an upcoming Special Issue of the open-access journal Sustainability. This Issue is being guest-edited by P. Díaz-Rodríguez, A.J. Rodríguez-Darias and C. Arnaiz-Schmitz. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 15 May 2022. Our aim is to compile a Special Issue that highlights research in recent trends in the debates on the utility of Protected Areas as a tool for sustainable development. These spaces are a complex construct with multiple socio–environmental implications.
The conception and analysis of Protected Areas (PA) have been approached until today with different perspectives that range from i) their praise as a key tool for conservation of nature and, with it, biodiversity, ii) as a reference to mitigate Climate Change, up to iii) their contribution to the development of local societies through, above all, synergies with the tourism system. On the other hand, more critical approaches call for governance structures and participation of local populations, warning of the dangers of the perverse use of these figures as a re-territorialization mechanism for the sake of the capitalizaion of spaces, according to some neoliberal strategies linked to certain conceptions of nature conservation (Buscher et al., 2012; Apostolopoulou et al., 2014; Cortés-Vazquez, Apostolopoulou, 2020).
The global system of protected areas houses more than 100,000 spaces (around 15% of the earth's surface). On the one hand, this environmental management model is considered the most successful instrument for nature conservation (CBD, 2008) and a key element from which to advance towards sustainable development. On the other hand, its impacts on certain socio–environmental networks and the life chances of certain populations are incontestable; it is estimated that this model has generated 130 million refugees (Huete, 2012).
Classic conservation approaches focus on the preservation of biodiversity, recognition of emblematic rare species and wild-looking landscapes, with reserves generally being subjectively delimited. Faced with the human impacts of increasing severity and the limitation of resources, conservation strategies have been complemented based on a more holistic approach (Fischer et al., 2006; Redford, Adams, 2009; De Aranzabal et al., 2008, 2009; Pineda et al., 2011). However, although such strategies recognize the importance of PA, their efforts are focused on truly sustainable management–maintenance of biological diversity (Pineda et al., 2002) and natural turnovers with lower alteration rates than those of recovery (Pineda, 2020) of larger areas and perspectives of multifunctional landscape, including its inhabitants, their productive activities (Pence et al., 2003; O'Farrell et al., 2009) and the influence of their symbolic representations of the territory in shaping the landscape (Ingold, 2000). From this point of view, the spatial planning and management model must therefore contemplate the relationships between its inhabitants, the development of a regional socio-economy less conditioned to the current global transport networks dependent on enormous energy consumption. The managers of these areas, as well as their visitors, considering the growing importance of tourism, can and should recognize that the value of many of these (now patrimonialized) sites is largely due to the historical interaction between natural and socio–ecological processes.
The different approaches to the analysis of the PA open up an interesting and undoubtedly prolific field of study on which we can reflect in this Special Issue. The current variety of management and regulatory policies, as well as the very different uses that can take place in a same region respond to different conceptions about what is worth being ‘valued’. The use of these spaces as a tool for development based on socio–ecological perspectives offers a remarkable variety of roles and interests that often require consensus and negotiation measures. In recent decades, the historical trend towards vertical government management of almost all types of PA has begun to open up towards alternative models that include local communities, the private sector or integrated mixed management networks as actors. In the predominant naturalistic paradigm in the management of PA, a socio–ecological conception is already observed with the perspective of interdependence between territory and culture, evidencing necessary governance processes in these places. Socio–ecological sustainability becomes a key factor in the management of these spaces and their potential as a tool for development.
The aim of this Special Issue is to promote and share reflections on the challenge faced by PA as a tool for sustainable development, their contribution to the SDGs, the complexity in their interactions with cultures, productive activities and tourism, as well as the resilience mechanism linked to them. Original research articles and reviews are welcome, including (but not limited to) contributions adressing particular or comparative case studies, analytical methods or emerging trends.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Pablo Díaz
Dr. Alberto J. Rodríguez Darias
Dr. Cecilia Arnaiz Schmitz
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- climate change
- ecosystem services
- environmental management
- nature conservation
- patrimonialization of nature
- protected areas
- sustainable development