Where is the community in geoparks? A systematic literature review and call for attention to the societal embedding of geoparks

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Abstract

Geoparks are territorial landscape protection and promotion organisations with aims of geoheritage conservation, geo-education, and sustainable regional development using geotourism products. Building on an analytical literature review, using the Scopus database, this paper shows that geopark studies remain solidly positioned in the domain of the geosciences and have objectified, expert-based interpretations of landscape. This situation has resulted in a research gap concerning the role of communities, and their landscape values, in geoparks. The paper makes three claims that form a starting point for advancing our knowledge of geoparks: (1) (geo)heritage cannot be decoupled from people's activities and interpretations, (2) geoparks are not community-free environments, and (3) increased attention to communities is needed to assess sustainable regional development in geoparks. In the final analysis, there is a need to move beyond the realm of the geosciences to advance our understanding of the societal value of geoparks, and of their sustainable development potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
JournalArea
Volume52
Issue number1
Early online date29-Mar-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2020

Keywords

  • geoheritage
  • geoparks
  • geotourism
  • heritage
  • regional development
  • sustainable development
  • HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT
  • REGIONAL-DEVELOPMENT
  • TOURISM
  • GEOTOURISM
  • GEOCONSERVATION
  • LANDSCAPES
  • GOVERNANCE
  • POLITICS
  • PLACE
  • SENSE

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