Linking a World Heritage Site to Sustainable Regional Development - Contested Natures in a Local Negotiation Process

Liechti, Karina; Wallner, Astrid; Wiesmann, Urs (2010). Linking a World Heritage Site to Sustainable Regional Development - Contested Natures in a Local Negotiation Process. Society & Natural Resources, 23(8), pp. 726-741. Philadelphia, Pa.: Taylor & Francis 10.1080/08941920802449011

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Based on the candidature of a region in the Swiss Alps as a World Natural Heritage Site (WHS), this article outlines the negotiation process as reflected in the local media. Discussions of the World Heritage issue over a time span of 4 years revealed how the region concerned was discursively constructed and that discursive constructions implied specific views of nature. By elaborating on these conflicting views of nature, we intend to reflect on the implicit meanings that influenced and structured the debate about the WHS and more generally the issues of sustainable regional development. The results show a broadening of the debate from a rather fragmented toward a more inclusive view of nature, which relates to basic assumptions of the global discourse on sustainable development. Additionally, a view of nature as inherited from past generations extended the WHS discussion and thus gave a new dimension to the concept of sustainability.

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 > Integrative Geography
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:

Liechti, Karina; Wallner, Astrid and Wiesmann, Urs Martin

ISSN:

0894-1920

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Projects:

[439] Sustainability research and monitoring of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:19

Last Modified:

23 Dec 2015 13:45

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/08941920802449011

Web of Science ID:

000279977000004

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/6034 (FactScience: 210926)

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