A conceptual model to integrate the regional context in landscape policy, management and contribution to rural development: Literature review and European case study evidence

Boris T. van Zanten, Peter H. Verburg

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Abstract

Agri-environmental policies and planning influence agricultural landscape management, and thus the capacity to deliver landscape services and to contribute to rural viability. Numerous models and frameworks have been developed to improve comprehension of the mechanisms and interrelationships between policies, landscape and socio-economic values and benefits. As social-ecological systems, landscapes are closely depending from the socio-institutional and territorial context of the specific rural locality. The paper proposes an enhanced framework for assessing these mechanisms by acknowledging the critical role of the regional macro-environment. A literature review and the revisiting of evidence from eight European case studies are applied to establish a comprehensive understanding and exemplification of the links between the policies, landscape, ecosystem services and value flows. Results highlight the need for integrative, inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches. Efficient landscape policies require enhanced regional embeddedness and targeting, acknowledgement of user demands and the capability of regional community and governance structures for policy implementation and natural capital valorisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalGeoforum
Volume82
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Agri-environmental policy
  • Agricultural landscapes
  • Geography
  • Governance
  • Landscape services
  • Place
  • Regional assets
  • Rural development

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