An International History of Wilderness Protection (Introduction)
In: Kees Bastmeijer (ed.), Wilderness Protection in Europe. The Role of International, European and National Law, (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 3-37
31 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2018
Date Written: April 1, 2016
This is the introductory chapter of the book Wilderness Protection in Europe. The Role of International, European and National Law, edited by Kees Bastmeijer and published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. It explains that in the past the Western human-nature relationship and broadly acknowledged legal principles on State sovereignty and private property were stimuli for the active transformation of the ‘wilderness’ into cultivated lands, and rendered the protection of wilderness against human impacts illogical. Next, the chapter sketches the process of changing appreciation of relatively untouched natural areas since the beginning of the nineteenth Century. Against this backdrop, the chapter discusses the position of the wilderness concept in international and European nature conservation law and policy.
Keywords: Wilderness, Nature Conservation, Biodiversity, Sovereignty, Property Rights, IUCN
JEL Classification: K11, K32, K33, Q01, Q20, Q24, Q28
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