Identifying and assessing the potential for conflict between landscape values and development preferences on the Faroe Islands

Project description

Small islands are characterised by geographic isolation, strong place attachment, and vulnerabilities to social, economic, and ecological changes. They are often subject to development activities that raise concerns about impacts on multiple land- and seascape values. This project elicits land- and seascape values, development preferences, and land-use conflicts in the Faroe Islands. We do so by linking participatory mapping with narrative analysis techniques to elicit landscape values and development preferences and to identify the potential for land-use conflicts. The project is focused on tourism development, fish farming and processing, renewable energy development, and sheep farming. The project is a collaboration between researchers from six Nordic and Central European universities.

Research themes

Integrated landscape management

Ecosystem management

Project details

  • Start date:
    July 1, 2017
  • End date:
    June 30, 2021
  • Location:
    The Faroe Islands
  • Funded by:
    Self-funded
  • Objectives:
    To elicit land- and seascape values, development preferences, and land-use conflicts in a Northern Atlantic islands setting through Public Participation GIS

Project contact

Tobias Plieninger

University of Göttingen and University of Kassel

Participating partners

Nora Fagerholm

University of Turku

Eydfinn Magnussen

University of the Faroe Islands

Anton Stahl Olafson

University of Copenhagen

Christopher M. Raymond

University of Helsinki

Laura Verbrugge

Aalto University

Related publications

Plieninger, T., av Rana, H.Á., Fagerholm, N., Ellingsgaard, G.F., Magnussen, E., Raymond, C.M., Stahl Olafsson, A., & Verbrugge, L.N.H. (2018). Identifying and assessing the potential for conflict between landscape values and development preferences on the Faroe Islands. Global environmental change, 52, 162-180. doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.07.006

Lechner, A.M., Verbrugge, L.N.H., Chelliah, A., Li, M., Ang, E., & Raymond, C.M., (2020). Rethinking tourism conflict potential within and between groups using participatory mapping. Landscape and Urban Planning, 203. doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103902

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