Agricultural landscapes, ecosystem services and regional competitiveness—Assessing drivers and mechanisms in nine European case study areas

Lena Schaller, Stefano Targetti, Anastasio J. Villanueva, Ingo Zasada, Jochen Kantelhardt, Manuel Arriaza, Tufan Bal, Valérie Bossi Fedrigotti, F. Handan Giray, Kati Häfner, Edward Majewski, Agata Malak-Rawlikowska, Dimitre Nikolov, Jean Christophe Paoli, Annette Piorr, Macario Rodríguez-Entrena, Fabrizio Ungaro, Peter H. Verburg, Boris van Zanten, Davide Viaggi

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Abstract

Agricultural landscapes affect regional development and competitiveness in a way far beyond the production of agricultural commodities. However, comprehensive assessments of the relevant cause-effects between agricultural landscape and regional competitiveness are complex and they require a range of ecological, economic and social aspects to be considered. This study proposes an stakeholder-based ‘Analytic Network Process’ applied in nine European case-study areas in order to assess the role of economic actors, ecosystem services, socio-economic benefits and regional competitiveness in the agricultural landscape system. The results reveal that agricultural food production is still perceived as a major element for creating value from landscapes. However in some case studies, the importance of non-marketable, socio-cultural and environmental public good-type ecosystem services outweighs the importance of agricultural production. Region-specific variations of cause-effect relationships are discussed and a range of drivers, related to biophysical conditions, land-use patterns, agricultural management and remoteness are identified. Our study reveals the perception of non-monetary services and their impact on regional competitiveness and provides considerations on entry points for rural policies promoting landscape valorisation.

LanguageEnglish
Pages735-745
Number of pages11
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume76
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018

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Keywords

  • Analytic Network Process
  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • Landscape valorisation
  • Participatory approach
  • Rural competitiveness
  • Stakeholders

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Schaller, L., Targetti, S., Villanueva, A. J., Zasada, I., Kantelhardt, J., Arriaza, M., ... Viaggi, D. (2018). Agricultural landscapes, ecosystem services and regional competitiveness—Assessing drivers and mechanisms in nine European case study areas. Land Use Policy, 76, 735-745. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.03.001
Schaller, Lena ; Targetti, Stefano ; Villanueva, Anastasio J. ; Zasada, Ingo ; Kantelhardt, Jochen ; Arriaza, Manuel ; Bal, Tufan ; Fedrigotti, Valérie Bossi ; Giray, F. Handan ; Häfner, Kati ; Majewski, Edward ; Malak-Rawlikowska, Agata ; Nikolov, Dimitre ; Paoli, Jean Christophe ; Piorr, Annette ; Rodríguez-Entrena, Macario ; Ungaro, Fabrizio ; Verburg, Peter H. ; van Zanten, Boris ; Viaggi, Davide. / Agricultural landscapes, ecosystem services and regional competitiveness—Assessing drivers and mechanisms in nine European case study areas. In: Land Use Policy. 2018 ; Vol. 76. pp. 735-745
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