Protected area management in a post-natural world: negotiated governance at the Danish Wadden Sea

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National parks and other large protected areas play an increasingly important role in the context of global social and environmental challenges. Nevertheless, they continue to be rooted in local places and cannot be separated out from their socio-cultural and historical context. Protected areas furthermore are increasingly understood to constitute critical sites of struggle whereby the very meanings of nature, landscape, and nature-society relations are up for debate. This paper examines governance arrangements and discursive practices pertaining to the management of the Danish Wadden Sea National Park and reflects on the relationship between pluralist institutional structures and pluralist, relational understandings of nature and landscape.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMaritime Studies
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)255-266
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 09.2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL. The research for this paper was generously supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under project grant: Metageographies and Spatial Frames: Coastal Management as Situated Practice in the International Wadden Sea Region (WA 3672/1-1).

    Research areas

  • Anthropocene, Conservation, Critical pluralism, Democracy, Nature-culture relations
  • Geography