Hrvatski geografski glasnik/Croatian Geographical Bulletin

Naslovna 2022-02


printed version: 1331-5854
on-line: 1848-6401

Hrvatski geografski glasnik
Marulićev trg 19/2
pp 595
10000 Zagreb

The journal publishes the results of original theoretical and empirical research, reviews from all geographic disciplines, spatially oriented papers from geosciences and other related scientific disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary papers. The journal particularly welcomes papers focused on spatial issues in Croatia, Central, Southern and South-Eastern Europe, as well as papers that present the results of previous research and themes published in the Hrvatski geografski glasnik/Croatian Geographical Bulletin. The journal is issued twice a year. Each submitted manuscript id reviewed by two peer-reviewers.

The journal is indexed or abstracted in: Web of Science Core Collection – Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Cab Abstracts, CSA Sociological Abstracts, Current Geographical Publications, EBSCO Academic Search Complete, Geobase, SAGE Urban Studies Abstracts, Hrčak

Scientific areas: Interdisciplinary sciences (field of geography) and the related areas of natural and geosciences as well as social sciences and humanities.

Last issue: Hrvatski geografski glasnik/Croatian Geographical Bulletin 84 (2)

Croatian Geographical Bulletin 84 (2) is a thematic issue with full papers presented at the international scientific conferenceThe 28th Colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems organized within the International Geographical Union, with the topic Rural on the Move: Transitions, Transformations, Mobilities and Resistance. Guest-editor of the issue is Professor Aleksandar Lukić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography.

F. da Silva Machado: Enhancing conceptual and practical understandings of small-scale farming resilience in the metropolitan countryside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rural-urban complexity can be seen across the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region where land use, and economic and environmental policies have generated conflicts. In this context, agriculture has become juxtaposed with other functions and interests, which has resulted in a mosaic of diversified land use. These rural-urban interactions also provide opportunities to develop different types of knowledge that allow communities to develop resilience in an environment of spatial changes. The aim of this article is to analyse rural change and farming resilience in the Eastern Rio Metropolis, based on primary research undertaken in 2017 and 2018. The results provide useful insights for understanding the nature of rural-urban interactions in a metropolitan countryside that could, in turn, inform policies for promoting local and regional quality food systems and small-scale farming strategies.

A. M. de Souza Mello Bicalho, S. W. Hoefle: What are indigenous and traditional populations? A relational approach to ethnic territories and conservation in Brazil

This article explores the contradictory relationship between identity politics and environmental conservation in Brazil. First, the rationale for setting aside territories for ethnic groups in Brazil that have been historically discriminated against is examined and legal definitions for such traditional populations are presented. Second, ethnographic and philosophical critiques of essentialized ethnic identity are used to highlight how traditionality and conservation are conflated in Brazilian environmental policies. These policies, in turn, are related to another bundle of contradictions in Western bio-centric preservation which (erroneously) essentializes nature and excludes the human presence from within reserves. Research findings from two remote regions located in critical biomes for conservation in Brazil are presented succinctly to illustrate different kinds of contradictions between ethnic territories and conservation. In conclusion, a relational research agenda is offered which avoids the pitfalls of essentialized identity and nature.

S. Svynarets, T. Leibert, L. Mrázová, R. Mikhaylov: Social Innovation Approaches to Support Integration of Non-EU Migrants in Rural Central Europe: lessons learned, conclusions drawn

In recent years, many rural regions of Central Europe have witnessed a massive inflow of non-EU nationals, turning them into new migration destinations (NDMs). The majority of these regions were not prepared for this change and international migration became a hot-button topic. However, as the negative consequences of demographic change are getting more prominent in rural Central Europe, these regions should search for new ways to stimulate the integration of newly-arrived migrants. This can be done with the help of “social innovations.” This paper provides a literature overview on the aforementioned topics, as well as an analysis of the results of the Arrival Regions Project (Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE) that tested nine different social innovation approaches to support the integration of non-EU nationals in rural Central Europe. The results of the project confirmed that social innovation approaches are an effective and easy-toimplement way to support integration of non-EU nationals living in rural Central Europe.

I. Turk, N. Šimunić, D. Živić: Transportation accessibility as a factor of negative demographic processes: a case study of the Podgorje region (an Adriatic region of Croatia)

Podgorje is in the zone of the overlapping nodal-functional regions of Rijeka and Zadar. Despite its central position in the geographical context of Adriatic Croatia, the Podgorje region is suffering very negative demographic processes and trends because it is an area of poor transportation accessibility.
The aim of this research paper is to analyze the interdependency of transport accessibility of Podgorje and the neighboring leading regional centers, as well as the negative demographic processes and trends that have destabilized this region and converted it into a rural periphery of Adriatic Croatia. The processes of littoralization and industrialization of the coast of Podgorje failed, when they should have created the prerequisites for the development of a functional network of settlements, which would have in turn created and kept necessary functions and retained the population. The absence of these processes has led to the demographic decline of the area.