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The governance of Natura 2000 sites: the importance of initial choices in the organisation of planning processes


  • Raoul Beunen
  • Jasper R. de Vries


The management of Natura 2000 sites faces several challenges. Responsible authorities need to achieve specific conservation objectives and they need to balance these objectives with social and economic interests. A study of two cases, one in England and one in the Netherlands, shows that the initial choices about the organisation of a deliberative planning process can create a solid basis for further co-operation. This paper contributes to the knowledge about the design and consequences of deliberative planning processes. It shows how a specific process design can strengthen the possibilities to develop social capital, trust and reciprocity, but also how it can result in a deliberative quicksand, characterised by ongoing discussions and even conflicts between the various stakeholders.

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  • Raoul Beunen & Jasper R. de Vries, 2011. "The governance of Natura 2000 sites: the importance of initial choices in the organisation of planning processes," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(8), pages 1041-1059, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:54:y:2011:i:8:p:1041-1059
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2010.549034

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