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  1. Cultural Heritage as Driver of Regional Development
  2. Sustainable Tourism as Driving Force for Cultural Heritage Sites Development

2018: Shifting protected area strategies to evidence based governance and management

Protected area governance is dealing with ‘public goods’ targeted to balance conservation and development. Their exceptional assets and high community-development potential ask for innovative deliberative ‘evidence-based governance’ which are multilevel, pluralistic, reflective, trans-border, ecological, dynamic and open to changing constraints. Mobilizing the region’s potential and applying methods stimulate economy, knowledge development and community interactions. The UNESCO World Heritage sites Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch (CH), Dolomites (IT), Idrija (SLO), and Biosphere Reserves Entlebuch (CH) and Wienerwald (A) represent examples of protected areas with inclusive management approaches in different governance systems.

Ruoss, E. & L.T. Alfarè 2018: Conference Volume 6th Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2 to 3 November 2017, Salzburg p. 561 - 564


2017: Welterbe und Biosphärenreservate - Lernen von Modellen einer dynamischen Regionsentwicklung

Viele international anerkannte Großschutzgebiete zeigen, wie das Natur- und Kulturerbe der Regionalentwicklung dienen kann. Sie nutzen die neuen Strategien der nachhaltigen Entwicklung um ihre Schutzziele langfristig zu erreichen. Die UNESCO Welterben Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch (CH), Dolomiten (I), Idrija (SLO) sowie die Biosphärenreservate Entlebuch (CH), Großes Walsertal und Wienerwald (A) sind Gebiete mit Modellcharakter im Alpenraum.

Ruoss, E. 2017: in Alpenreisen (Luger, K & Rest, F. Hg), Studienverlag Innsbruck, p. 237 - 261

2016: What Policy Evidence for a European Strategy of Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions?

Mountain territories have highly diverse social, economic and physical characteristics; their shared traits in terms of ecological fragility, economic development challenges and exposure to natural hazards are not reflected in mainstream datasets. Two complementary instruments are proposed to produce and present evidence for sustainable resource management and processes: the Nexus Model and the Sustainability Profile Matrix. At the same time, they make compilations of evidence at the transnational and European levels possible. The objective is to enable local, national and transnational authorities to use territorial diversity as a lever in their policies, within multilevel governance in human, economic and natural resource management.

Erik Gløersen, Clemens Mader and Engelbert Ruoss 2016: Journal of Alpine Research | Revue de géographie alpine 104-3 | 2016 Perpectives critiques sur la ressource. Retours sur le Forum Alpin.


Opportunities to leverage World Heritage Sites for local development in the Alps. E. Ruoss, eco.mont 2016 Vol 8/1: 53 - 61.


2014: C ultural Structures as Driver of Urban Renewal: the Town of Bilbao (Original Article). Published Translation in Slovenian Language: Alfarè, L., Ruoss, E. 2014: Kulturni objekti kot gonilo oživitve mesta: primer mesta Bilbao. In: Nared, J., Razpotnik Visković, N.: Izbrani primeri upravljanja območij s kulturno dediščino (CAPACities 3). ZRC Publishing, Ljubljana. 

Managing Cultural Heritage Sites in Southeastern Europe, edited by Janez Nared & Nika Razpotnik Visković. Published by the  Geografski inštitut Antona Melika ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, 2014, 128 p. Report elaborated by the partners of the project CHERPLAN: Enhancement of Cultural Heritage through Environmental Planning and Management. Summary

A continuous processThe World Parks as Models for Sustainable Development, a comment published in: Parks 3.0 Protected Areas for the next Society. Lange, S. Jungmeier M. 2014. Verlag Johannes Heyn, Klagenfurt (A). PDF version of the book

Regions Magazin 2014/1: Cultural Heritage as Driver of Regional Development: Articles related to Hallstatt (A), Idrija (SLO) and Bitola (FYROM). including the article Cultural Tourism as an Opportunity for Sustainable Regional Development: The Case of Bitola. A paper by Engelbert Ruoss, Loredana Alfarè, Irena Ruzin, in Regions Magazine. The Newsletter of the Regional Studies Association 02/2014; 293 (1): 14 - 17. Summary

2013: Challenging Hit and Run Tourism in Cultural Heritage Sites. A paper by Engelbert Ruoss and Loredana Alfarè published in the proceedings of the  International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management "Societies, Institutions and Networks" of the University Roma Tre, Department of Business Studies, October 2013. 

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AS DRIVING FORCE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES DEVELOPMENT. Planning, Managing and Monitoring Cultural Heritage Sites in South East Europe by Engelbert Ruoss and Loredana Alfare'. - Launch 17/04/2013. download pdf format 

Biosphere Reserves as Model Sites for Sustainable Development by Engelbert Ruoss 2013: The concept "Global Regions" linked to the Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB) and the role of the World Network of the Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) in the post Rio+20 process. In: Protected Areas in Focus: Analysis and Evaluation. Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas, Vol. 4. Michael Getzner & Michael Jungmeier (eds.). @by Verlag Johannes Heyn, Klagenfurt, 2013. ISBN 978-3-7084-0505-6

Participation process in regional development: Diamont's perspective by Zumaglini, M., Nared, J., Alfare', L., Razpotnik, N. & Urbanc M. 2008. pdf format

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