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Andragoške studije
2018, iss. 2, pp. 9-28
article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 03/05/2019
doi: 10.5937/AndStud1802009O
Learning for sustainability through community involvement in protected area governance
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy



The paper explores community involvement (CI) in protected area (PA) governance as an opportunity to learn, share knowledge and decision making power and contribute to sustainability starting from a local level, through regional and national and up to a global level. In addition to a brief review of the relevant theoretical and policy approaches to learning for sustainability in the context of the local community, this paper comprises a secondary analysis of the results of an empirical research on community involvement in PA governance. The research was carried out under the framework of the project Protected Areas for Nature and People (PA4NP), launched by the WWF Adria. The methodology uses a combination of a qualitative and a quantitative approach. The results of the research clearly indicate that there is an overall gap in assessment between protected areas and community representatives, and that there is an obvious need for improvement in their mutual communication and collaboration. Based on these findings, the needs and opportunities for learning in that process are discussed within the local context and global development trends.



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