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Ekokommunkonceptet 5.0: En studie ur ett historiskt perspektiv
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this report was to clarify the Ecomunicipality concept 5.0 from a historical point of view and to examine whether the concept is currently relevant in Swedish ecomunicipalities. The hypothesis stresses that a main thread is visible throughout the history of ecomunicipalities, their work and way of thinking, and that this thread has now been visualised in the ecomunicipality concept. The first part of the report answers how ecomunicipality work has developed over time and how the concept has been formulated. The second part describes the case studies of two Swedish ecomunicipalities, Falkenberg and Karlskrona, and gives the analysis and conclusions of the study. The report is built on a qualitative study process. Semi structured interviews were carried out in the case studies with persons in the municipalities that had knowledge of ecomunicipality work and also sustainable development. Four persons were interviewed in each organisation, including municipal commissioners. The results and analysis of the case studies provided the foundation for the concluding analysis as to whether the Ecomunicipality concept 5.0 has relevance in these ecomunicipalities. The results indicate that the work in Falkenberg and Karlskrona corresponds to the concept in several aspects, with particular emphasis in the areas of spreading the system view and facilitatating community involvement in the changing process. On the basis of this report and the case studies, one can suggest that there is a main thread visible through the development of the ecomunicipalities and that the Ecomunicipality concept 5.0 reflects the connection shared by many of the ecomunicipalities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
ecomunicipality, sustainable development, ecomunicipality concept, system view
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31329OAI: diva2:292538

Available from: 2010-02-11 Created: 2010-02-08 Last updated: 2010-02-11Bibliographically approved

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