Integrating sense of place in planning and management of multifunctional river landscapes: experiences from five European case studies

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  • Laura Verbrugge
  • Matthias Buchecker
  • Xavier Garcia
  • Sarah Gottwald
  • Stefanie Müller
  • Søren Præstholm
  • Anton Stahl Olafsson
River landscapes are complex social-ecological systems with many benefits for people. A common challenge is to integrate social values in river planning and management. In particular, there is a paucity of research on the meaning and significance of place in river recreation and how people feel emotionally and spiritually connected to river landscapes. Based on five European case studies, this study compares different methods and approaches for mapping sense of place in river landscapes and subsequently addresses the question of how these studies can inform participatory processes. The case studies are set in diverse geographical, institutional and policy contexts, including the planning and evaluation of river restoration projects in Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and Spain and the monitoring of the effects of newly constructed river dams in the Netherlands. This comparative study is a first step in understanding the breadth of analytical and spatial approaches that can be used to assess sense of place in river landscapes and their implications for resilient river landscape planning and management.
ZeitschriftSustainability Science
Seiten (von - bis)669-680
Anzahl der Seiten12
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 07.05.2019
Extern publiziertJa

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Funding Information:
The lead author is part of the research program RiverCare and is financed by NWO-TTW and the Ministry of Economic Affairs under grant number P12-14. The Caldes study received the support of RecerCaixa, a programme of Obra Social “la Caixa” in collaboration with the ACUP (2015ACUP 00184). The Skjern PPGIS survey was funded as part of the Danish Collective Impact initiative “The countryside as a double resource”. The Wigger study was funded by the Department of Landscape and Water (Canton Aargau, Switzerland). The Lahn study was funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) through the Junior Research Group PlanSmart (01UU1601A) and received additional funding from the Graduate Academy of the Leibniz University Hannover.

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