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Title: Understanding wetland management in Lithuania : the political, economic , social and idealogical context
Author: Vyciute-Latsanovsky, Diana.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3549 4483
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2004
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The main aim of this thesis is to understand wetland management in Lithuania. The research is based on a questionnaire survey completed by 122 respondents, 160 interviews, both structured and semi-structured, and six focus group discussions with members of the public. Three case study areas were chosen to represent a variety of ongoing management activities. The framework adopted in this research has been based on exploring the relevance of the ecosystem approach to management in Lithuania. The ecosystem approach to management, the principles of which were largely prepared in developed societies, seeks to balance biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources, equitably sharing costs and benefits. This research evaluates the extent to which this approach is applicable in the countries in transition, and focuses in particular on their experiences during controversial times. Political, economic, social and ideological factors are used to bring existing issues, problems and strategies into the context of wetland management in Lithuania. The social chapter examines how the social dimensions of gender, education and place influence people's attitudes towards wetlands. The chapter on economic factors analyses the components of production, consumption and exchange, and explores their significance in the context of wetlands. The chapter on political factors evaluates the legislation system and institutional arrangements that have been put in place to try to ensure the conservation of wetland ecosystems, while the chapter on ideology aims to understand why wetlands have such a bad reputation even in modem societies. In conclusion, the thesis draws on this material to indicate the key flaws with standard ecosystem approaches to wetland management exploring the possibility of creating of a more nuanced and complex framework for managing wetland in transition economies such as Lithuania
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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