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Record number 509546
Title Landscape services as boundary concept in landscape governance: Building social capital in collaboration and adapting the landscape
Author(s) Westerink, Judith; Opdam, Paul; Rooij, Sabine Van; Steingröver, Eveliene
Source Land Use Policy 60 (2017). - ISSN 0264-8377 - p. 408 - 418.
Department(s) Alterra - Nature and society
Land Use Planning
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract The landscape services concept provides a lens to study relations within the social-ecological networks that landscapes are, and to identify stakeholders as either providers or beneficiaries. However, landscape services can also be used as a boundary concept in collaborative landscape governance. We demonstrate this by analysing the case of Gouwe Wiericke in the rural west of the Netherlands. Here, a collaborative landscape governance process started off with low levels of trust between farmers and regional governments, as a result of previous processes. The introduction of the landscape services concept helped to bridge social boundaries, which eventually resulted in collective action: farmers and governments reached an agreement on adapted management of ditches and shores to improve water quality and biodiversity. However, we propose that bridging the social boundaries was achieved not merely due to the landscape services concept, but also due to the fact that multiple boundaries were managed simultaneously, and additional arrangements were used in boundary management.
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