How Landscape Managers Think about Local Landscapes

By conducting qualitative interviews with local staff … we uncovered four different narratives – in other words, storylines – about what Cornwall’s landscapes are, how they are affected by climate change, and how one should adapt to these changes. These four narratives conceptualise the Cornish landscapes as:

  • the region’s basis for economic growth
  • an intermediate result of an ongoing human-environment relationship
  • a mosaic of wildlife and habitats;
  • and a space for production, e.g. of agricultural goods.

By identifying these different narratives, we show that although superficially often understood as one and the same thing, the concept of landscape means very different things to different actors concerned with its management.

Source: How Landscape Managers Think about Local Landscapes

[Such differing conceptions obviously have a great impact on the policy options preferred. Pick a landscape in your area and survey how people feel about it (U.S. Government Project: Conducting a Poll) and how those feelings would impact the uses to which the landscape is put (U.S. Government Project: Environmental Impact Statements).]

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is Senior Editor at WorldView Software, Inc.

2 thoughts on “How Landscape Managers Think about Local Landscapes”

  1. Hello,

    I am Vera, one of the authors of the paper you are referencing here. As I understand, you are suggesting to use our take on landscape perceptions influencing adaptation policy to let students do surveys about the landscape in their own area – I like the idea! If you actually do this, please let me know how it went.

    Greetings from Germany,
    Vera

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    1. Hi Vera, Thanks very much for writing! And yes, having students read your work and do their own research based on it is definitely the idea. Readers, please report back and let us know your results!

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