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Community forests and regeneration in post-industrial landscapes

Kitchen, Lawrence Charles, Marsden, Terry Keith and Milbourne, Paul 2006. Community forests and regeneration in post-industrial landscapes. Geoforum 37 (5) , pp. 831-843. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2005.09.008

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Through a critique of existing regeneration literatures the paper points to the close relationship between regeneration and sustainable development. It suggests that the economic aspects of sustainable development have tended to dominate: leading to the neglect of nature in both regeneration and sustainable development, with regeneration having a principal focus on socio-economic issues in urban settings. To address these lacunae we suggest the need for a more environmentally sensitive regeneration theory. Using this approach the paper draws on recent in-depth research in three post-industrial coalfield areas where regeneration processes operate in the form of community forest projects. It provides a critical perspective on these regeneration processes, integrating theory with empirical data and highlighting how nature is drawn into broader economic and social processes of regeneration. In conclusion, using forestry initiatives as examples, we reflect on the conceptual dissonance apparent in regeneration theory and practice, and point to theoretical insights that could enable a more critical regeneration theory; more beneficial outcomes to regeneration processes; and an improved understanding of the relations between nature, capital and community in regeneration processes and sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regeneration; Sustainable development; Community forestry; Social (second) nature; Environmental justice
ISSN: 00167185
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:09

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