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- Landscape reclamation: science, art or business?
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Science & Information Technology, School of Environmental and Life Sciences
- Is landscape reclamation a matter of science, art or business? The relevant landscapes are those cleared and degraded by industrial-scale human activity, to support agriculture, urban development, mining and quarrying, and industrialisation. Words matter: reclamation is distinguished from revegetation, reforestation, rehabilitation and (unachievable) restoration. It is also established as relevant and important. But most of all, it is shown to be practicable. The question of whether landscape reclamation is a matter of science, art or business is explored generally and then tested in particular instances. The Hunter Coalfield and Gluepot Reserve in Australia, and the Eden Project in the UK, are used as exemplars. Other case studies of lesser scale and ambition are also considered. The inquiry establishes that landscape reclamation is a matter of all of science, art and business. But it is also urgent, substantial, communal and very long-term. Landscape reclamation needs a sense of imperative commitment to a large-scale undertaking by diverse interests (academic, community, business and government) for an indefinite timescale. It thus represents a major challenge, at both the levels of catalysis and continuity.
- The International Journal of Science in Society Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 13-29
- Common Ground
- Resource Type
- journal article