1st Edition

Regional Development and Forgotten Spaces Global Policy Experiences and Implications

    274 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book constitutes a novel contribution, combining recent theoretical developments and empirical contributions, as well as the recent and latest trends and challenges on the issue of Forgotten Spaces. Forgotten Spaces - like the Forgotten Regions, in particular - are spaces that in potential can and do create significant value (if their resources are properly rediscovered) and create many potential costs (if these spaces are increasingly neglected by economic agents). The editors have identified a gap in current research because there is not enough empirical evidence about these places, as well as about the role of their actors.

    Abandoning regions can lead to, for example, pollution, uncontrolled forest fires, vandalism heritage deterioration, and potentially untreated industrial facilities, carrying potential costs not only in environmental sustainability, but also in values such as landscape aesthetics.

    Thus, this book reflects on the dimensions of the identification of such Forgotten Spaces, on the design of policies focused on minimizing associated costs and on the scope of programs to promote these areas, not only for upgrading them but also for promoting their environmental sustainability. The comparative approach of the empirical part also allows knowledge and experience from diverse longitudes and latitudes. The editors highlight the richness of the experience of Latin American countries, the polarization and interesting experiences from several sector rediscovered in Europe, as well as the holistic cases coming from several African experiences.

    This book will attract the attention of academicians, politicians and ultimately the attention of all decision-makers who most likely are forgetting many of the Spaces around them.

    Introduction: The forgotten regions and spaces Part I: Regional Development and Policies for forgotten spaces in Africa 1. Compensation policies in forgotten territories of peripheral regions. the Case of Casamance (Senegal) 2. Revitalization of the education system to address the growing youth unemployment in Nigeria 3. Forgotten regions and pastoral minorities - the Southwest Angolan case Part II: Regional development and policies for forgotten spaces in Brazil 4. The forgotten regions of Paraná State in South Brazil: An analysis of the expanded center region in the context of Economic Development Plan for Paraná State 5. From plow to fiber optics: the blossoming of post-modern agriculture and economic revitalization in the interior of São Paulo state 6. Palmas Community Bank: local development and inclusion 7. The forgetfulness as a multidimensional challenge: the Brazilian case of Ribeira Valley 8. Women in dry and neglected lands in Brazil: an insight on the Caatinga biome Part III: Other experiences in Latin America 9. Regional development disparities in Brazil and Colombia: the cases of the Northeast Region of Brazil and the Colombian Pacific 10. Exclusion of small farmers and restructuring of production: A case study of the Frailesca region, Chiapas, México Part IV: Other experiences of global forgotten spaces 11. Awakening the power of informal volunteering - an exploratory approach 12. Sport as a catalyst for the regional development of forgotten spaces: the case of sport Conclusions: Regional Development and Policies. Implications for Global Forgotten Places


    María del Carmen Sánchez-Carreira, PhD, is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.

    Paulo Jorge Reis Mourão, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

    Bruno Blanco-Varela,PhD, is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.