Managing a World Heritage Site – Potentials and Limitations of Transdisciplinary Approaches

Wallner, Astrid; Schüpbach, Ursula; Wiesmann, Urs Martin (2009). Managing a World Heritage Site – Potentials and Limitations of Transdisciplinary Approaches. Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Conference Volume 4, pp. 333-335.

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Management of the World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch is challenged by the interplay of conservation and economic development. This is a situation where a knowledge-based solution is sought for a complex societal problem. This sets the frame for transdisciplinary research where the problem is defined and solved cooperatively by actors from science and the life-world. In this paper we re-examine studies carried out in the region of the WHS Jungfrau-Aletsch and reveal the issue of integration into participation, the issue of perceptions and positions as well as the issue of negotiability and implementation as key issues prevalent in transdisciplinary settings. The transdisciplinary setting in the case of the WHS Jungfrau-Aletsch constructs a situation of mutual learning among stakeholders from different levels and backgrounds. However, the positive effects of mutual learning are continuously challenged by the power play inherent in participatory approaches.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Wallner-Schwab, Astrid Susanne, Wiesmann, Urs Martin


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics






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04 Oct 2013 15:21

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:23

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Poster presented at the 4th Symposium of the Hohe Tauern National Park for Research in Protected Areas and later published as abstract in Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Conference Volume 4



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