Wind power and environmental policies: Ethnography in “protected landscapes”

Ana Isabel Afonso, Carlos Mendes

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Wind farms in Portugal have spread enormously during the last decade and are transforming social and physical landscapes. The map of classified areas in the country shows a great overlap between main sites of potential wind development and protected areas. Starting from case studies in different regions where wind power has been recently developed, we approach issues of landscape management, protection, fruition, and how they are intertwining with energy policies. Through ethnographic lenses, our aim is to understand how global issues are perceived at local level, selecting as case studies projects involving protected areas in Portugal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Energies and European Landscapes: Lessons from Southern European Cases
EditorsMarina Frolova, María-José Prados, Alain Nadaï
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789401798433
ISBN (Print)9789401798426
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Landscape and environmental conflicts
  • Local acceptance
  • Management of the commons in Portugal
  • Protected areas
  • Wind power


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