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Protected landscapes – Great hope of European aera protection policies? – Comparative investigation of governance in IUCN category V areas

Principal researcher

Dr. Norah Mehnen

Type of research



Prof. Dr. Dirk Strijker

Prof. Dr. Ingo Mose (ZENARiO – Centre for Sustainable Spatial Development, Applied Geography and Environmental Planning Research Group, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany)


European area protection policies have experienced an increasing differentiation over the last years. This thesis  examine different concepts of protected area types in Europe. The emphasis of the work is thereby on the different types of the IUCN category V, which seeks to integrate protection and land-use, and thus protected areas can become (also) instruments of regional development. In the future this will be of even greater importance, due to increasing impacts of settlements and other forms of land-use. Hence, this study aims in particular at a comparison of the different protected landscape concepts and their adaptation in Europe. The more specific aspects as how different actors with different images, interests and ideas are involved in decision-making processes, are analyzed on the basis of empirical case studies.

Last modified:23 February 2015 3.09 p.m.