The institution of the Sardinian Mining Geopark represents a development opportunity to an area severely hit by the end of the mining activity. Sardinian mines have been in operation for over 8,000 years, making them one of the most important economic resources throughout the Island’s history. The Geopark, awarded with UNESCO recognition, is a new effort to convert – after a previous tough reclaim activity - the old mining industry in a new economic development based on sustainability and, to reach this purpose, on a service based economy. To do so, it is imperative, first, a reclaim activity to reduce significantly the environment pollution, the consequence of so many years of mining exploitation; second, to emphasize the importance of human beings and their knowledge, their culture and their ability to create relations and operate together. The development of appropriate connections between all the aspects of the closed mining areas – the environment, the typical handcraft, the culture, the traditions, etc. – is the key to the success of the Sardinian Mining Geopark project. Our research has the purpose to analyze what kind of policy decisions are being made in the Geopark area, and specifically if and how the people are involved and acquainted about the project. The research will be carried out with survey with semi-structured interviews based on two different questionnaires: one for policy decision makers and one for citizens, managers, teachers, etc. and some opinion leaders.

The Sardinian Mining Geopark Challenge for a New Sustainable Economic Development

GIUDICI, ERNESTINA;
2009

Abstract

The institution of the Sardinian Mining Geopark represents a development opportunity to an area severely hit by the end of the mining activity. Sardinian mines have been in operation for over 8,000 years, making them one of the most important economic resources throughout the Island’s history. The Geopark, awarded with UNESCO recognition, is a new effort to convert – after a previous tough reclaim activity - the old mining industry in a new economic development based on sustainability and, to reach this purpose, on a service based economy. To do so, it is imperative, first, a reclaim activity to reduce significantly the environment pollution, the consequence of so many years of mining exploitation; second, to emphasize the importance of human beings and their knowledge, their culture and their ability to create relations and operate together. The development of appropriate connections between all the aspects of the closed mining areas – the environment, the typical handcraft, the culture, the traditions, etc. – is the key to the success of the Sardinian Mining Geopark project. Our research has the purpose to analyze what kind of policy decisions are being made in the Geopark area, and specifically if and how the people are involved and acquainted about the project. The research will be carried out with survey with semi-structured interviews based on two different questionnaires: one for policy decision makers and one for citizens, managers, teachers, etc. and some opinion leaders.
Mines reclamation; economic development; Sardinian Mining Geopark
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