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Integrated Buffer Planning

Towards Sustainable Development, 1st Edition

By Jerzy Kozlowski, Ann Peterson


446 pages

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First published in 2005, this book examines the contribution of planning and integrated landscape management to the process of reversing the continuing deterioration of our natural environment. Planning for integrated buffer zones is important to conserve national parks, nature reserves, threatened habitats, other ecologically sensitive areas and heritage sites. This book begins with an examination of the role and nature of planning. It identifies the main types of planning problems and details a 'model' planning process that can be usefully applied to resolve them. Several theoretical and practical approaches to buffering environmentally sensitive areas are evaluated and a classification of existing approaches is detailed. Case studies are included to illustrate and test some of these approaches. The book concludes by recommending that integrated buffer zone planning should become a standard tool in real-life environmental planning and management. To facilitate this, an innovative approach to the design and implementation of integrated buffers is offered, including a step-by-step planning guide.


’With increasing awareness of global environmental change, there is growing public concern regarding protection of environmentally sensitive areas at the local scale. This book will be welcomed by those with an interest in how planning can contribute to an environmentally sustainable future. With detailed guidelines and well documented case studies, the book makes a major contribution to the theory and practice of environmentally based planning and management.’ Professor Greg Hill, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia ’Years ago in Poland, responding to real-life needs for 'buffering' external threats to national parks, a practical new method was developed and applied. In Australia, following extensive research and testing, its basic concept was evolved and embraced on a larger scale, while its initial assets were reinforced and consolidated. This book fills an essential gap in environmental planning theory and practice.’ Professor Stanislaw Juchnowicz, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Table of Contents

1. Buffers: Their Role in Conversation. 2. Planning for Sustainable Development. 3. Protected Areas: Problems and New Directions. 4. Buffer Planning: Historical Overview, Ann Peterson. 5. Buffer Design and Implementation in Australia, Ann Peterson. 6. Buffer Zone Approaches: An Evaluation. 7. ‘Buffer Zone Planning ‘ : Tartry and Gorce National Parks (Poland). 8. ‘Buffer Zone Planning’ : Great Sandy Management Area ( Australia). 9. ‘Buffer Zone Planning’; Other Australian Applications. 10. Buffer Zones in Heritage Conservation Planning. 11. Integrated Buffer Planning Model. 12. The Way Forward.

About the Authors

Jerzy Kozlowski is Emeritus Professor at the School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, in The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Dr Ann Peterson is a Lecturer at the School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, in The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography