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Towards sustainable land use: identifying and managing the conflicts between human activities and biodiversity conservation in Europe

Young, Juliette; Watt, Allan; Nowicki, Peter; Alard, Didier; Clitherow, Jeremy; Henle, Klaus; Johnson, Richard; Lacsko, Endre; McCracken, Davy; Matouch, Simone; Niemela, Jari; Richards, Caspian. 2005 Towards sustainable land use: identifying and managing the conflicts between human activities and biodiversity conservation in Europe. Biodiversity and Conservaion, 14 (7). 1641-1661. 10.1007/s10531-004-0536-z

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Abstract/Summary

Conflicts between biodiversity conservation and human activities are becoming increasingly apparent in all European landscapes. The intensification of agricultural and silvicultural practices, land abandonment and other land uses such as recreation and hunting are all potential threats to biodiversity that can lead to conflicts between stakeholder livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. To address the global decline in biodiversity there is, therefore, a need to identify the drivers responsible for conflicts between human activities and the conservation of European biodiversity and to promote the management of these conflicts. Here, the drivers of biodiversity conflicts are analysed in a European context for five habitat types: agricultural landscapes, forests, grasslands, uplands and freshwater habitats. A multi- disciplinary approach to conflict management is described, with active stakeholder involvement at every stage of conflict identification and management as well as a range of other approaches including stakeholder dialogue and education, consumer education, improvement of political and legislative frameworks, financial incentives, and planning infrastructure

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s10531-004-0536-z
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: _ Biodiversity & Population Processes
ISSN: 0960-3115
Additional Keywords: biodiversity, conflict, conflict management, conservation, participation, stakeholder, sustainable development
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 24 Apr 2012 14:30
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9383

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