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This introductory article presents the general theme studied in this special issue of the IJSD, concerning the relations between proximity economics and sustainable environmental management at local level. Interest in this research theme has grown significantly in recent years because of the...
Environmental valuation "multi-stakeholder" processes, as advocated by ecological economics, often have a strong local character. Critical Natural Capital cannot be defined without referring to a given geographical scale, very often local in terms of the definition of the environmental resource...
This paper proposes an analysis of environmental services produced in rural areas and their links with the notions of organised proximity and geographical proximity. Among the different concepts of environmental services, we use that suggested by service economics to focus on the forms of...
The relationship between urban spaces, associated risk, and the notion of proximity has until now been subject to very little critical examination. It is, however, crucial to conduct a discussion on the subject, especially in view of the latest disasters that have made the headlines (notably in...
The term "proximity" has long been absent from the geographical vocabulary. This term is currently re-emerging among researchers in social geography who are questioning the relationship between spatial and social proximity. This paper analyses how a conflict linked to a planning project can...
Runoff disregards territorial boundaries, affects farmers as well as other users of space, and necessitates collective action if it is to be combatted. In this article, based on the case of Upper-Normandy, we show that geographical proximity can play a determining role in the struggle against...
This paper describes some historical features of the global economic geography of copper, and explores the conditions underpinning environmental conflicts in this sector, while showing some examples. We found that Europe and Japan are progressively more dependent on imports from developing...
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