Area protection in views of its residents

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Area protection in views of its residents

In Central Europe, there is practically no natural area, which would not be touched by man. Not even recently protected natural areas are pieces of virgin nature. Therefore, it would be reasonable to ask, whether the conservation and protection of the current state justifies restrictions of development for groups of inhabitants living in these areas. The next question to answer is whether it is realistic to presume that an area, which is for some reason protected, and where some restrictions are laid, is automatically disadvantaged in terms of development of society. This article reviews literature on impacts of area protection in the Czech Republic and abroad. The relation of area protection and socio-economical development is analyzed through opinions of inhabitants of protected localities. Further, the communication between authorities and inhabitants is evaluated. The goal is to show examples of good practice and to find factors necessary for positive adoption of area protection.

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