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Governmental Complexity in the Swiss Alps

Governmental Complexity in the Swiss Alps
Planning Structures Relevant to a World Natural Heritage Site

NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 18

by Jri Hoppler, Astrid Wallner, Urs Wiesmann

Bern, NCCR North-South 2008

In 2001 the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn region was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee as the first World Natural Heritage Site in the Swiss Alps (now called the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site). This paper examines governmental planning tools and structures concerned with the WHS management strategy. The study is based on qualitative methods. A system of categories was developed, corresponding to the different objectives and measures of the management strategy; these constituted the basis for examining a large quantity of planning documents by means of content analysis. Two case studies are also included. Both synergies and differences are elaborated in order to evaluate the impact of the WHS on the region, including regional cooperation between various actors in a complex institutional framework.

Hoppler J, Wallner A, Wiesmann U. 2008. Governmental Complexity in the Swiss Alps: Planning Structures Relevant to a World Natural Heritage Site. NCCR North-South Dialogue, 18. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.


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