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Wageningen University (2014)

Negotiating the production of space : the implementation of rewilding in North-East Portugal

Walet, L.A.

Titre : Negotiating the production of space : the implementation of rewilding in North-East Portugal

Auteur : Walet, L.A.

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2014

Descriptif
Rewilding Europe is a new conservation vision for Europe that aims to turn the ongoing land abandonment into an opportunity to create large, new wilderness areas. The organization started in 2011 with several pilot areas in Europe, collaborating with local conservation partners for the implementation of rewilding. Natural processes, connectivity and the reintroduction of large herbivores are key principles. It envisions considerable socio-economic benefits through the exploitation of wildlife and wilderness, primarily through nature-based tourism. In North-East Portugal, Rewilding Europe collaborates with the local NGO ATN for the implementation of this conservation vision. This study provides an analysis of the relation between Rewilding Europe, local conservation partner ATN and the local population. As Rewilding Europe’s vision is based on a rather abstract representation of space, this thesis problematizes to what extent this is concurrent with what is conceived and experienced by the local population and ATN. It makes use of Lefebvre’s spatial triad, distinguishing between a rewilding rurality and a traditional rurality. To examine what happens ‘on the ground’, the village Cidadelhe provided the setting for a case study. Data were collected in Cidadelhe and the surrounding Côa Valley between October 2012 and May 2013 through open interviews (n=33) and participant observation.

Mots clés : wilderness / nature tourism / nature management / nature conservation policy / local population / abandoned land / land use planning / community participation / portugal

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