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Participatory Mapping and Community-Informed Spatial Planning of Renewable Energy Projects

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Title: Participatory Mapping and Community-Informed Spatial Planning of Renewable Energy Projects
Author: Jahns, Rebecca
Department: Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics
Program: Geography
Advisor: Calvert, Kirby
Abstract: Displacing fossil fuels with renewable energy (RE) resources is essential to mitigate climate change. The implementation of RE systems brings stark and potentially divisive changes, especially for communities located near such development. One approach for managing these changes is through proactive and inclusive spatial planning techniques that are implemented early in the planning stages of RE projects. This research uses map-elicited interviewing (MEI), a form of participatory mapping, through which to identify and analyze community sentiment to RE projects, and to illustrate how those sentiments are reflected spatially, in terms of what regions and kinds of landscapes community members might find acceptable or not for new RE development. The research aims to better understand the relationship between sentiment and landscape values. A case study was undertaken for onshore wind energy in the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia, Canada. This scenic and economically diverse region presents unique opportunities to study the extent to which landscape values underpin community sentiment toward wind energy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15864
Date: 2019-04


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