A conceptual framework and research method for understanding protected area governance: varying approaches and epistemic worldviews about human-nature relations

Jingyu Li, Arie Stoffelen, Frank Vanclay*

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Abstract

Research about the relations between protected areas and local communities ranges from nature-centred to human-centred approaches. Differing epistemic worldviews and fragmentation characterize this literature. We analyzed the rationale underpinning approaches to protected area governance. We classified them according to their perspective on human-nature relations. Using the components of stakeholder mapping, and adding the concepts of human-nature interaction, landscape values, and land-use preferences, we designed a conceptual framework and research method to improve understanding of the governance of specific protected areas. The method comprises 6 steps: (1) identify all stakeholders; (2) identify those stakeholders in power positions and determine their view of nature; (3) establish the landscape values and preferences of other stakeholder groups; (4) study the institutional context and power relations; (5) consider the agency and capacity of each group and their engagement with the protected area; and (6) determine what recommendations might be made to improve protected area governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1393-1412
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume66
Issue number7
Early online date7-Mar-2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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