Does World Natural Heritage status trigger sustainable regional development efforts?

Conradin, Katharina; Wiesmann, Urs Martin (2014). Does World Natural Heritage status trigger sustainable regional development efforts? Eco.mont - journal on protected mountain areas research, 6(2), pp. 5-12. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press 10.1553/ecomont-6-2s5

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Today, there are over 200 World Natural Heritage (WNH) sites. Although the original aim of the World Heritage (WH) Convention was to spark off concerted international efforts to preserve sites of outstanding and universal value, today a multitude of expectations rests on WNH sites in terms of conservation, tourism, management and regional development. This paper identifies the effects of WNH status on sustainable regional development and the driving factors behind these effects. The results are based on a global survey of WNH sites and qualitative interviews with key WNH personnel. The paper shows that WNH status can be an important trigger for sustainable regional development, but its effectiveness depends on a number of intricately interwoven ‘soft’ success factors. Clearer policies and management guidelines, as envisaged by UNESCO, are crucial to achieving a balance between conservation and development.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Wiesmann, Urs Martin

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

ISSN:

2073-106X

Publisher:

Austrian Academy of Sciences Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2014 14:56

Last Modified:

19 Oct 2015 11:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1553/ecomont-6-2s5

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/58514

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