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Seeing and Doing Conservation Differently: A Discussion of Landscape Aesthetics, Wilderness, and Biodiversity Conservation
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science. Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Biology.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Environment and Development, ISSN 1070-4965, E-ISSN 1552-5465, Vol. 22, no 1, 3-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that conservation agendas need to be informed by a landscape aesthetics that embraces the cultural and material richness of people’s relationship to place to better inform conservation agendas. Historical and contemporary views of landscape aesthetics and their relationship to nature conservation and notions  of wilderness need to be included to complement a scientific expert assessment of conservation needs and approaches. Recent examples of conservation projects in Zanzibar are used to reveal how representations and symbols in nature are deeply embedded in biodiversity conservation aspirations and practices promoted by conservation experts. The article posits that an embodied and pluralistic approach to landscape aesthetics can more profoundly contextualize the specificity of interaction between people and between people and their environments and lead to more viable conservation and development outcomes. This would provide a contingent perspective that would to help elucidate nuanced understandings of social relations and place, thereby better serving both conservation and development agendas.

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2013. Vol. 22, no 1, 3-24 p.
Keyword [en]
biodiversity, mangroves, landscapes, community, wilderness, landscape aesthetics, Zanzibar
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Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Environmental Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-17348DOI: 10.1177/1070496512459960ISI: 000318045200001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84873964308OAI: diva2:567766
Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-11-14 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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