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Community-Based Environmental Planning

  • By: Thomas G. Measham & Marcus B. Lane
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Community-based environmental planning (CBEP) emerged in the 1990s as a result of concerns over the state-directed or top-down character of environmental planning. CBEP can be defined as decentralized environmental planning conducted by place-based communities at the local scale. It has a number of perceived advantages of interest to geographical inquiry, including promoting deliberation about environmental concerns and potentially higher local acceptance of the legitimacy of a given planning process, leading to effective implementation of planning outcomes. However, these prospective advantages are not always realized, suggesting that the application of CBEP is limited to particular settings.

Conceptual Ancestry and Rationale

Underpinning CBEP is a strong focus on place-based environmental management. It therefore directs attention to the unique constellation of characteristics that constitute a given environment that provides the ...

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