Sustainable regional development in nature parks – 10-year retrospection and future prospects Authors Florian Weber Universität des Saarlandes Jörg Liesen Verband Deutscher Naturparke Friedericke Weber Biosphärenreservat Pfälzerwald-Nordvogesen Nora Crossey Universität des Saarlandes DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.80 Keywords: nature parks, sustainable regional development, task portfolio, threats, opportunities Abstract In 2002, sustainable regional development was introduced as a legal mandate (§27, sect. 1. Nr. 6 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act) for the more than 100 nature parks in Germany, subsequently expanding the scope of their activities and introducing new incentives. Quantitative and qualitative surveys conducted by Friedericke Weber in 2010 and 2011 indicated new opportunities for nature parks to develop distinct profiles, juxtaposed with challenges regarding future task fulfillment. In a pursuit of both research- and practice-oriented questions and based on an adapted replication of these surveys, we ask how the managing directors evaluate potentials and restrictions related to the task of sustainable regional development in the context of their overall portfolio of tasks and objectives. From a conceptual perspective, it becomes evident that nature parks, with their networking activities, correspond to central criteria of the regional governance debate. Nonetheless, a certain unclarity remains with regard to the notion of “sustainable regional development”, which is in turn closely linked to the similarly broad concept of “sustainability”. From an application-oriented perspective, the survey results show that nature park managers perceive positive development prospects in many areas. Nature parks in Germany have thus proceeded further on the path towards a role as regional managers in “model regions of sustainable development”. Downloads PDF (Deutsch) HTML (Deutsch) Published 2021-06-10 How to Cite Weber , F., Liesen, J., Weber, F., & Crossey, N. (2021). Sustainable regional development in nature parks – 10-year retrospection and future prospects. Raumforschung Und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.80 More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Online first Section Policy and practice perspective License Copyright (c) 2021 Florian Weber , Jörg Liesen, Friedericke Weber, Nora Crossey This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung - Spatial Research and Planing are published under a Creative Commons license. Until Vol. 79 No. 1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0. Under this license, anyone may access, copy, redistribute, or adapt these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited and the contributions are distributed under the same license as the original.