The Participatory Dimension in Nature Conservation Processes: Examples of Ideology and Practice from Norway

  • Karoline DaugstadEmail author
Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 13)


The dominating legal instrument for area-based protection in Norway has been the Nature Conservation Act. Although protection is directed mainly towards species, ecosystems and landforms, area designations in practice affect landscapes. For this reason, lessons may be learnt from investigating recent policy shifts and managerial changes under the Nature Conservation Act, especially related to participatory aspects relevant to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention. The present chapter provides a schematic view of current approaches to and shifting paradigms in nature conservation on an international Open image in new window level, with particular focus on participatory approaches. This is followed by the presentation of findings from recent research into the issue of management systems and models related to designated nature conservation areas in Norway. The last part of the paper positions the findings in relation to the European Landscape Convention.


Nature conservation Local participation Management models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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