Conservation, Participation, and Power: Protected-Area Planning in the Coastal Zone of Belize

Few, Roger (2010) Conservation, Participation, and Power: Protected-Area Planning in the Coastal Zone of Belize. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 19. pp. 401-408.

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    Drawing on debates over social impacts of biodiversity conservation and the role of power relations in community participation, this paper reports on field research examining community involvement in protected area planning in Belize. The research takes an actor-oriented approach to analyze the social, political, and technical processes involved in initiating and planning of two protected-area projects. Discussion focuses on the scope of public involvement, the power differentials among actors in the planning process, and the mechanisms through which power was exercised. The pattern that emerged showed planning officials endeavoring to mitigate or circumvent social and political dissent rather than foster an active, broad-based form of community participation. The paper suggests that the notion of containment may have a general applicability wherever protected areas are planned by external agencies that aim to engage local participation.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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    Unique ID or DOI: 10.1177/0739456X0001900409
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Subjects: (H) Protected Areas > (HA) Archaeological Reserve
    (H) Protected Areas > (HB) Bird Sanctuary
    (H) Protected Areas > (HC) Forest Reserve
    (H) Protected Areas > (HD) Marine Reserve
    (H) Protected Areas > (HE) National Park
    (H) Protected Areas > (HF) Natural Monument
    (H) Protected Areas > (HG) Nature Reserve
    (H) Protected Areas > (HH) Private Reserve
    (H) Protected Areas > (HI) Spawning Aggregation
    (H) Protected Areas > (HJ) Wildlife Sanctuary
    Publication Sources: (1) Environmental Research Institute
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 09:35
    Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 09:35

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