Teresa Vicente Rabanaque, José A. Cortés-Vázquez, Beatriz Santamarina Campos

Genealogies of Nature Conservation. Processes of institutionalisation of Protected Areas

The current network of protected areas in Spain has been a product of the transfer of political responsibilities from the State to the autonomous regional governments that began in the 1980s. Among other outcomes, this institutional re-arrangement triggered an unprecedented development of public policies and legislation in the field of nature conservation. In these pages we will trace the contours of a genealogy of what we would call the “institutionalization” of nature conservation, through the diachronic, comparative analysis of three case studies and their specificities: Catalonia, Andalusia and the Valencian Community. We will then expand our analysis to Portugal and, eventually, to the current international context wherein neoliberal conservation policies are expanding nowadays.


Keywords: Protected areas; nature protection; conservation policies; Anthropology of Conservation

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Vicente Rabanaque, T. ; Cortés-Vázquez, J. ; Santamarina Campos, B. (2023). Genealogías de la Conservación de la Naturaleza. Procesos de institucionalización de las Áreas Protegidas. Investigaciones Regionales - Journal of Regional Research, 55, 5-18.