Beyond the conventional: Meeting the challenges of landscape governance within the European Landscape Convention?

Scott, Alister (2011) Beyond the conventional: Meeting the challenges of landscape governance within the European Landscape Convention? Journal of Environmental Management, 92 (10). pp. 2754-2762. ISSN 03014797

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Abstract

Academics and policy makers seeking to deconstruct landscape face major challenges conceptually, methodologically and institutionally. The meaning(s), identity(ies) and management of landscape are controversial and contested. The European Landscape Convention provides an opportunity for action and change set within new governance agendas addressing interdisciplinarity and spatial planning. This paper critically reviews the complex web of conceptual and methodological frameworks that characterise landscape planning and management and then focuses on emerging landscape governance in Scotland within a mixed method approach involving policy analyses, semi-structured interviews and best practice case studies. Using Dower’s (2008) criteria from the Articles of the European Landscape Convention, the results show that whilst some progress has been made in landscape policy and practice, largely through the actions of key individuals and champions, there are significant institutional hurdles and resource limitations to overcome. The need to mainstream positive landscape outcomes requires a significant culture change where a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submitted to REF 2014, UoA 16, Alister Scott
Subjects: K300 Landscape Design
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 12:17
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 12:17
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/270

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