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Biosphere reserves - cultural heritage & the historic environment in sustainable landscape management

The aim of this project is to investigate the role of cultural heritage and the historic environment in sustainable landscape management. We choose to use the Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago as the arena for our case studies, because previous literature have identified a need to strengthen the role of cultural values in UNESCO´s Man and the Biosphere Programme. The interdisciplinary research group will investigate how cultural heritage and the historic environment in the landscape influence and relate to the concepts of place identity, collective memory, aesthetic and existential values and people’s well-being. The importance of these values for residents, stakeholders, local and regional planning authorities and the nature/culture divide will also be investigated.

The goal is to create knowledge and arguments about how cultural heritage and the historic environment influence sustainable development. Our results will contribute to sustainable landscape management at both county and municipality level including Biosphere Reserves, as well as to theories about people-place bonding, ecosystem services and cultural heritage, and by that provide arguments to enhance implementation of immaterial heritage values in practice.

The project is financially supported by the Swedish National Heritage Board as well as by University of Gothenburg and University of Gävle.

Contact the project management for more information:
Ingegärd Eliasson, Professor at Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg
Igor Knez, Professor in Psychology, University of Gävle

Reference group:

From department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg:
Katarina Saltzman, Associate Professor
Krister Olsson, Associate Professor
Eva Gustavsson, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Susanne Fredholm, PhD

From the Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago:
Johanna Mac Taggart

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