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Les zones humides, appropriations et représentations. L'exemple du Nord-Pas de Calais

Abstract : Nowadays in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, wetlands encounter a transition. It is due to the temporal and spatial split between their representations, their planning policies and their uses. Social geography crossed with environmental approach allow us to compare mental representations and appropriations of wetlands. Even if wetlands are most of the time considered as specific ecosystems; there are public policies evolving towards a higher concern about the wetlands protection and restoration. Consequently, there are uses and practices appearing, showing a new way of appropriating these places. The idea is to observe this evolution from the past to nowadays, and to sort out what is maintaining and what is more and more important. Two ways of appropriation are considered: the landscape appropriation and the territorial appropriation. The first one is considered trough what we call a “stratified” landscape, composed with the landscape as it can be seen (“visible”), and the landscape as it can be lived and perceived. The other way, the territory, relays on French planning policies supporting a territorial vision of wetlands, but it appears that no field actors are really involved in the defence of the whole wetland they are using. The method of “content analysis” shows that each actors care about the stakes he is interested to. Therefore, actors and stakeholders do not understand each other and majors issues are being hidden (flooding for example). We propose a solution to the lack of communication and concerted actions: the construction of a project, based on the landscape. It is supposed to help people knowing each other and to think, in a participative way, altogether of common wetlands to use and protect.
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Marion Amalric. Les zones humides, appropriations et représentations. L'exemple du Nord-Pas de Calais. Géographie. Université des Sciences et Technologie de Lille - Lille I, 2005. Français. ⟨tel-00012148⟩



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