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The virtues of localism and arctic wilderness politicsAuthor(s): James N. Gladden
Source: In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 14-18
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionAn analysis of co-managing structures and land use issues in three case studies of arctic wilderness politics shows that more formal and informal power sharing by government officials with local people results in less conflict. Greater input and control by nearby communities may also help to protect wilderness ecosystems and traditional values of northern cultures. Especially for hunting and gathering societies, agency managers should work more closely with rural communities to realize the local virtues of vested interests, traditional knowledge, and voluntary compliance. But the success of co-managing renewable resources in arctic wilderness areas is limited by the type of land use issues active in policy debates and the capacity of public agencies to build a history of cooperative relations.
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CitationGladden, James N. 2007. The virtues of localism and arctic wilderness politics. In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 14-18
Keywordswilderness, biodiversity, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values
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