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Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species? A case study of wild deer in Britain.

Phillip, Sharon, Dandy, Norman, Gill, Robin, MacMillan, Douglas C. (2009) Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species? A case study of wild deer in Britain. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 52 (8). pp. 993-1012. ISSN 0964-0568. (doi:10.1080/09640560903327351) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:33306)

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Wild game management for hunting in Western society has become increasingly complex as stakeholders have multiplied and as ‘sustainability’ influences the contemporary debate. This paper questions whether the current legal framework for game management, which has evolved from early European civilisations to focus on ‘hunting rights’, is relevant to regulate the contemporary environmental, social and economic dimensions of wild game and their management. Employing a narrative analysis to focus on deer, the study identifies key legislative tenets and highlights the pertinence of historical laws to contemporary conflicts. The analysis suggests that current legislation is increasingly divergent from contemporary trends and has created inertia with respect to sustainable deer management. The

paper offers four options to redress this: state intervention; voluntary collaboration; financial incentives; and establishing a legal responsibility for management. It is concluded that significant innovation is required in one or more of these four areas to facilitate the contemporary sustainable management of wild deer in Britain.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09640560903327351
Uncontrolled keywords: sustainable deer management; law; historical narrative; contemporary conflict; hunting rights; responsibility
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
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