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Negotiating Improved Multifunctional Landscape Use: Trails as Facilitators for Collaboration Among Stakeholders
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
Number of Authors: 32019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 13, article id 3511Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Trails are significant features in landscapes, and many ancient pathways have developed into routes of great importance for recreation and tourism in contemporary societies. Nevertheless, international research on recreational trails has hitherto mainly focused on managerial and environmental aspects of trails and less on trails from a social science perspective, such as conflict management. This study explores the role of recreational trails as a potential tool for managing conflicts in a multifunctional landscape. The findings originate from a case study of the southern Jamtland mountain region in Sweden, an area where land-use conflicts exist and where tourism is a major concern. The study examines the recreational trail as an applied example where actors in the mountain landscape negotiate and collaborate. through the recreational trail, dialogue and discussions are made possible among stakeholders. Findings show that trails can function as facilitators for communication and can thus enhance the possibilities of building trust and promoting collaboration between actors. This research contributes to the existing literature on handling multiple land-use interests and adds to previous knowledge by taking on a rather new approach, where the recreational trail becomes a facilitator for communication.

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2019. Vol. 11, no 13, article id 3511
Keywords [en]
trails, tourism, conflict management, collaboration, communication, mountain landscape
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-171789DOI: 10.3390/su11133511ISI: 000477051900016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-171789DiVA, id: diva2:1346159
Available from: 2019-08-27 Created: 2019-08-27 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved

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