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Sustainability and multi-level governance of territories classified as protected areas in France: the Morvan regional park case


  • Constanza Parra


This paper draws on recent debates on the multi-level governance of sustainable development to approach territories classified as protected areas. Based on original fieldwork carried out in the Parc naturel regional du Morvan, the paper examines the main governance challenges arising from the coexistence of natural areas and various embedded politico-administrative territories that have flourished in France in the last few decades. Considering spatio-temporal scalar articulation as a precondition for sustainable governance, it is argued that the mismatch observed between natural areas and inter-territorial institutions, situated at various spatial scales, incarnates a complex territorial mosaic whose pieces lack the necessary articulation required to foster sustainability.

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  • Constanza Parra, 2010. "Sustainability and multi-level governance of territories classified as protected areas in France: the Morvan regional park case," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(4), pages 491-509.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:4:p:491-509
    DOI: 10.1080/09640561003737341

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    1. Gaël Plumecocq, 2013. "The Institutionalisation of Multi-level Changes: Sustainable Development, Values and Territory," Post-Print hal-00994871, HAL.
    2. David Romero Manrique de Lara & Serafin Corral & David Legna de la Nuez & Jesús Hernández Hernández, 2016. "A Socio-Institutional Approach to Brighten Complexity under Agricultural Pest Invasion Conditions," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(7), pages 1-20, June.


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