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Widmark, Hugo, 2018. Participation lost in translation? : an assessment of local participation during the operational phase of nature reserves. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



This master thesis explores how the County Administration Boards (CAB) in Halland, Uppsala and Västerbotten describe how they work with local participation during the operational phase of already established nature reserves. The empirical material consists of reserve decisions and management plans from 186 nature reserves and interviews with CAB officials. When assessing the reserve decisions and management plans, three categories of local participation were discerned: i) local participation as practical management, ii) local participation as consultation, iii) and local participation through management boards. Based on the assessment of the steering documents and the interviews local participation mostly seems to occur through practical management. Management boards and projects with various degrees of dialogue were found in a handful nature reserves. The CABs seem to have a pragmatic view of local participation. If local actors are to be more active in decision making during the management of nature reserves, the CABs need to facilitate and institutionalise such possibilities for local actors.

Main title:Participation lost in translation?
Subtitle:an assessment of local participation during the operational phase of nature reserves
Authors:Widmark, Hugo
Supervisor:Sandström, Emil
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2018
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY007 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:participation, nature conservation, nature reserve
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Development economics and policies
Nature conservation and land resources
Deposited On:17 Jan 2019 07:40
Metadata Last Modified:20 May 2020 11:27

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