Industrially harvested peatlands and after-use potential: Understanding local stakeholder narratives and landscape preferences

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Title: Industrially harvested peatlands and after-use potential: Understanding local stakeholder narratives and landscape preferences
Authors: Collier, Marcus
Scott, Mark J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3959
Date: Aug-2008
Abstract: Recent years have witnessed much debate on the turn towards community within landscape management and planning. This is particularly evident in the European Landscape Convention which asserts the legitimacy of local preferences and citizen involvement in policy processes. This paper explores a bottom-up perspective on people-place relationships in a changing landscape, through assessing the after-use potential of industrially mined peatlands in Ireland and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes. The mining of the peatland resource has a longstanding tradition in Ireland, however, significant attention has now focused on exploring market and non-market uses of remains after harvesting has finished resulting in a cutaway landscape. We argue that local people's everyday experiences of the landscape is a legitimate form of knowledge and should provide a key input into deliberative planning and management processes. Drawing largely on an interpretive research approach, we assess key local narratives in relation to harvested peatland landscapes and explore local people's after-use preferences. There appears to be strong support among the local community for amenity/biodiversity after-uses, which are currently not reflected in public policy debates. We review people-place relationships and discuss the role of ethnographic research in a peatland context as well as defining the relevant stakeholders. Finally, conclusions are developed to identify wider lessons for people/place relationships within the context of landscape management and planning.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright (published version): 2008 Landscape Research Group Ltd
Keywords: Industrial peatlands;Stakeholder perceptions;Ethnographic research;People–place narratives
Subject LCSH: Peatlands--Public opinion
Landscape assessment
Ethnology
DOI: 10.1080/01426390801948406
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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