Defining Landscape Democracy
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Defining Landscape Democracy

A Path to Spatial Justice

Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri

This stimulating book explores theories, conceptual frameworks, and cultural approaches with the purpose of uncovering a cross-cultural understanding of landscape democracy, a concept at the intersection of landscape, democracy and spatial justice. The authors of Defining Landscape Democracy address a number of questions that are critical to the contemporary discourse on the right to landscape: Why is democracy relevant to landscape? How do we democratise landscape? How might we achieve landscape and spatial justice?
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Chapter 15: Managing cherished landscapes across legal boundaries

Morten Clemetsen and Knut Bjørn Stokke


The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate a democratic aspect of planning and management in protected and other designated landscapes with a multitude of boundaries and legal frameworks, and highlight the importance of integration actors. In a situation with fragmented institutions, where the actors have different positions and power, the chapter claims that it is of fundamental importance to create a common arena that contributes to seeing the landscape in an integrated way, and not being limited to the complexity of boundaries and singular fields of authority. Based on a study of Nærøyfjorden, Norway, integration actors are seen to play a fundamental role in bringing the different stakeholders and authorities together to find and implement positive solutions/measures to experienced problems at the local community level. The chapter identifies and discusses three major capacities constituting the integration actor: integrity, professional capacity and trust.

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