Our main aim is to study the use of voluntary, but formally binding private-public partnership in nature conservation and management.
Our hypotheses are: 1) Conflicts around designation of nature conservation areas are seldom founded on disagreement abo ut preservation goals; meaning: The conflicts are less related to WHAT and WHY, but more to HOW designation and management is implemented. 2) CoCos have the potential to moderate conflicts in nature conservation, and thereby increase the conservation effi ciency and help reducing loss of biodiversity and cult. heritage. 3) CoCos can improve sustainable utilisation and necessary maintenance of the actual resources.
In natur conservation there is a need for closer interdisciplinary work, especially between biologists and social sciences. A broad spectrum of theoretical approaches is needed in order to analyse successes and conflicts in conservations practise. This interdisciplinary spectrum is established in our research consortium.
We want to focus on hab itats with distinct conservation goals connected to biodiversity and/or cultural heritage values (primarily agricultural landscape).
There will be four basic elements in the project:
1) To analyse specific present and former conservation and management cases (learn about conflicts). 2) To help identify relevant case projects with CoCo; study the implementation, and later on follow the development of the projects 3) To have a special focus on the following management and maintenance of the protected reso urces: who are involved, allocation of responsibility, economical input, the element of land use continuity, monitor the ecological and cultural heritage conditions, effects on the stakeholders etc. 4) To study international experiences with conservation covenants.
This NFR project will finance the research aspects, not the implementation of each CoCo, as such.