TitleFraming fragmentation in strategic policy documents of spatial planning and environmental domains: differences and similarities.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsSemancikova, E, R. Grădinaru, S, Aubrechtová, T, M. Hersperger, A
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Keywordshabitat fragmentation, landscape fragmentation, planning, policy domain, problem framing

Fragmentation is a complex issue and the way it is framed will impact policy decisions. The Czech Republic has adopted several strategic policy documents in spatial planning and environmental domains that address fragmentation. However, these documents differ in how they frame fragmentation. Our goal was to evaluate the differences in 1) framing the problem of fragmentation and 2) suggested solutions. We performed a content analysis of the strategic policy documents by coding text using the key fragmentation aspects – biological organization, land cover, and connectivity. Next, we categorized data either to Species-oriented, Pattern-oriented, or Ecosystem service frames and suggested criteria to evaluate the quality of the framing. This method was useful to show the divergences in the framing of fragmentation as a problem between two policy domains. The results show that the Pattern oriented frame and mitigation solutions are the most prominent aspects, and also fragmentation is not well framed.