Incorporating socio-economic factors into restoration: implications from industrially harvested peatlands

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Title: Incorporating socio-economic factors into restoration: implications from industrially harvested peatlands
Authors: Collier, Marcus
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Date: Sep-2011
Abstract: In establishing effective restoration goals, one of the four key issues of increased attention that Hobbs calls for is in the area of incorporating socio-economic investigations and theories into restoration practice in a synergistic manner. Although often commented upon by restoration practitioners, this is an area of research that is poorly developed, and because it relies on an uneasy combination of empirical and interpretative research methodologies a multidisciplinary alignment may be problematic in practice. This opinion piece is drawn from experiences in examining the after-use of industrially mined peatland landscapes, and synthesizes ideas that have emerged from socio-economic research over several years in order to offer an opinion on how Hobbs' call may be addressed. Because socio-economic concerns are at the root of all restoration projects, sociological methods may be useful as tools in stakeholder engagement in research and planning for landscape rehabilitation as a mechanism for reducing the potential for conflict and for facilitating participative or collaborative restoration.
Type of material: Journal Article
Journal: Restoration Ecology
Volume: 19
Issue: 5
Start page: 559
End page: 569
Keywords: Industrial landscapesPeatlandsRehabilitationSocial capitalSocio-economics
Subject LCSH: Restoration ecology--Economic aspects
Restoration ecology--Sociological aspects
Peatland restoration
Social capital (Sociology)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00794.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed 2012-12-03T15:30:58Z
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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