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Landscape planning for sustainability: Community participation in estuary management plans

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Maggie RoeORCiD


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England's estuaries are among the UK's most beautiful landscapes and important ecological resources. They have become increasingly threatened by conflict between users and by the opposing priorities of stakeholders. Government recognition in 1992 of the need for a strategic approach to estuary planning and management led to the introduction of the Campaign for the Living Coast initiative by English Nature which encouraged the local production of Estuary Management Plans (EMPs) based on the principles of Integrated Environmental Management (IEM). An assessment of two case studies from the north-east coast of the UK shows that assessment of the success of such projects is difficult but that the process is as important as the product. Implementation of landscape improvement is slow because of the nature of landscape change, but the development of a more integrative management framework which is sensitive and responsive to local conditions and needs seems to be leading to a greater coherence in the appearance and function of key estuarine landscapes.

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Author(s): Roe M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Landscape Research

Year: 2000

Volume: 25

Issue: 2

Pages: 157-181

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0142-6397

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9710

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/713684668


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