This study concerns narratives and practices developed within landscape management in a Natura 2000 area in the south-west of Sweden. This European Union-funded project shifted focus from morphological and passive conservation management to intervening in biological management. I investigate some of the consequences of re-politicized discourses and practices during this period. I ask how a traditional policy view on conservation was handled during this change, and what role EU funding has in preserving or changing a traditional management policy for landscape conservation. The conclusions are that landscape protection is driven by political and ideological values connected with institutionalized aesthetic components that are adjusted to whatever disciplinary focus prevails at the time. However, traditional approaches are retained, excluding participatory methods and the social dimensions on landscape management. To some extent, the available EU funding leverages alignment of project goals and management, influencing landscape alteration.
Keywords: EU projects, morphology and biology, aesthetics, landscape restoration and management, political ecology discourses, SandLife
How to Cite:
Ring, M. S., (2020) “SandLife and the death of dunes: political ecology discourses from conservation to restoration in Haverdal, Sweden”, Journal of Political Ecology 27(1), p.67-83. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23074