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Regional Landscape Strategies and Public Participation: Towards Implementing the European Landscape Convention in Sweden

  • Anders Larsson
  • Anna Peterson
  • Elinor Bjärnborg
  • Christine Haaland
  • Mats Gyllin
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Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 13)

Abstract

Sweden has recently decided to ratify the European Landscape Convention (ELC). Methods for implementation have been discussed for both the ELC and related national environmental objectives. Thus, the Swedish Government decided that seven County Administrative Boards should undertake pilot studies for Regional Landscape Strategies (RLS) during 2006–2007. The RLS Open image in new window pilot projects aimed at a new and more effective approach for conservation and sustainable land use at regional level. Additionally, RLS should also function as a method for implementing the ELC and other environmental objectives. One specific focus of the pilot studies was on developing methods for public participation. Other important issues were to involve different administrative sectors, municipalities, and regional authorities in the process, as well as attaining a good balance between conservation and profitable land use. This chapter presents some of the results from the RLS case study in Vellinge municipality, Scania (Skåne), Sweden’s southernmost province. The focus of the study was on public participation in particular by equestrians and landowners. The first ‘bridleway organization’ of its kind in Sweden was established as a direct result of the project.

Keywords

Regional Landscape Strategies Public Participation European Landscape Convention Stakeholders Multifunctional Greenways Greenway Planning Municipal Planning (Sweden) Bridleways Equestrians Landowners 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The study was carried out with financial support from the Swedish Research Council Formas, the County Administrative Board of Scania, and Vellinge Municipality. We are grateful to administrators in the latter two organizations who have contributed with their time and knowledge.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Larsson
    • 1
  • Anna Peterson
    • 1
  • Elinor Bjärnborg
    • 2
  • Christine Haaland
    • 3
  • Mats Gyllin
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Landscape ArchitectureSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesAlnarpSweden
  2. 2.Alvesta kommun, Centralplan 1AlvestaSweden
  3. 3.Department of Landscape Management, Design and ConstructionSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesAlnarpSweden
  4. 4.Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental PsychologySwedish University of Agricultural SciencesAlnarpSweden

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