The article aims at a reflection on the contribution that local knowledge provides to sustainable planning, starting from some experience of rural development in Sardinia. Through participation, local knowledges can influence the planning process, on the one hand helping to restructure the interpretative models and forecasts drawn up by the specialists, on the other both favoring forms of social learning and activating responsiveness of the local system to the critical environmental issues. In the case studied, the participatory process has in fact expanded the intersection between scientific knowledge and common knowledge in defining the scenarios of sustainable development and indicating practical guidelines for their pursuit. Because of its theoretical-practical nature, stakeholder’s perspective goes to affect the framework of policies and territorial planning, introducing the substantive relationship they have with the material conditions of their own existence.
Keywords: Participation, Climate Change, Adaptation Strategies, Local Governance, Social Learning
Jel Code: R11, Q54, Q56