Conservation, Participation, and Power:Protected-Area Planning in the Coastal Zone of Belize

Few, R. (2000) Conservation, Participation, and Power:Protected-Area Planning in the Coastal Zone of Belize. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 19 (4). pp. 401-408. ISSN 0739-456X

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Drawing on debates over social impacts of biodiversity conservation and the role of power relations in community participation, this paper reports on field research examining community involvement in protected area planning in Belize. The research takes an actor-oriented approach to analyze the social, political, and technical processes involved in initiating and planning of two protected-area projects. Discussion focuses on the scope of public involvement, the power differentials among actors in the planning process, and the mechanisms through which power was exercised. The pattern that emerged showed planning officials endeavoring to mitigate or circumvent social and political dissent rather than foster an active, broad-based form of community participation. The paper suggests that the notion of containment may have a general applicability wherever protected areas are planned by external agencies that aim to engage local participation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coastal zone management,conservation planning,nature conservation, power relations,protected area,belize
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2014 15:44
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 05:22
DOI: 10.1177/0739456X0001900409

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