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Protection: A Means for Sustainable Development?

Protection: A Means for Sustainable Development?

The Case of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Site in Switzerland

Astrid Wallner, Karina Liechti, Stephan Rist, Urs Wiesmann, 2008

The Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Site (WHS) comprises landscapes that are shaped by centuries of traditional agricultural use. Given the dramatic changes in the agricultural sector, the risk faced by cultural landscapes in the Region is possibly greater than that faced by the natural landscape inside the perimeter of the WHS. Maintaining the right balance between preservation of the WHS and promotion of sustainable regional development constitutes a key challenge for management of the WHS. This process made it possible to jointly define the present situation and thus create a basis for legitimising future action. From this participatory process, a link between the concepts of ‘protected area’ and sustainable development
in the region emerged.

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