Multifunctional Rural Land Management: Economics and Policies

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The increasing demand for rural land and its natural resources is creating competition and conflicts. Many interested parties, including farmers, nature conservationists, rural residents and tourists, compete for the same space. Especially indensely populated areas, agriculture, recreation, urban and suburban growth and infrastructure development exert a constant pressure on rural areas. Because land is a finite resource, spatial policies that are formulated and implemented to increase the area allocated to on use imply a decrease in land available for other uses. As a result, at many locations, multi-purpose land use is becoming increasingly important. This notion of multi-purpose land use is reflected in the term multifunctionality.

This volume provides insights into viable strategies of sustainable management practices allowing multiple functions sustained by agriculture and natural resources in rural areas. It shows how the rural economy and policies can balance and cope with these competing demands and includes numerous case studies from Europe, North America and developing countries.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This very timely and eclectic collection of chapters extends the concept of multifunctionality in important new ways. The volume will be of great value to researchers and policymakers everywhere who are concerned about the future of food production and natural resources, as well as rural areas generally.'
Stephan J. Goetz, Pennsylvania State University, USA

'As a rock hard economist I do not share all the perspectives presented in this timely book, but the analyses are insightful and well put together. A must for everyone who wants to know more about multifunctionality.'
Eirik Romstad, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Past President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists

'This is a timely analysis the highlights a key problem in rural land management, that of clashes between human demands and productive capacity as multiple agents seek to exploit the multiple functions of rural areas. Set against a background of continuing local spatial dominance of agriculture and its declining economic importance while global food security is being undermined by fundamental shifts in land use, these chapters provide a coherent multidisciplinary perspective on the economic and political dimensions of multifunctional land management that sets the scene for analyses of emerging problems in this area such as the impact of climate change.'
Noel Russel, University of Manchester, UK

'This book will certainly find its way onto the core reading lists of my courses on rural geography, and I am convinced that it will provide an important yardstick against which future books on multifunctionality will be evaluated.'
Geoff Wilson, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844075775
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Floor Brouwer is Head of the Research Unit on Management of Natural Resources at LEI, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn van der Heide is Research Scholar at the Research Unit on Management of Natural Resources, LEI, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Contributors xiii

Preface xix

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xxi

1 Natural Resource Management: Globalization and Regional Integration Floor Brouwer C. Martijn van der Heide 1

Part I Setting the Stage: Challenges and Reviews

2 The Biodiversity Policy Context of Multifunctional Rural Land Management Leon C. Braat 17

3 The Further Development of Agri-environmental Schemes: Extending and Defending Conservation Values Ian Hodge 33

4 Economic Issues Surrounding Nature Conservation in Rural Areas Philip Bagnoli 53

Part II Appreciate the Prerequisite: Perspectives on Land

5 A Sustainable Management of Nature Reserves Nir Becker 83

6 Farmland Conservation in The Netherlands and British Columbia, Canada Geerte Cotteleer Tracy Stobbe G. Cornelis van Kooten 105

7 Economic Development and Biodiversity: The Environmental Kuznets Curve in a Policy Assessment Tool Geert Woltjer 125

Part III Reorientations and Openings: Agri-environmental Programmes

8 Factors Influencing Private Transaction Costs Related to Agri-environmental Schemes in Europe Evy Mettepenningen Guido Van Huylenbroeck 145

9 Compensation or Conservation Payments for Farmers? Exploring Opportunities for Agri-environmental Schemes in The Netherlands Raymond Schrijver Dale Rudrum Herbert Diemont Tanja de Koeijer 169

10 The Provision of Public Goods from Agriculture: Observations from Agri-environmental Policies in the US Sergey Rabotyagov Hongli Feng 187

Part IV Creating a Common Currency: Landscape Values

11 Changing Rural Landscapes: Demand and Supply of Public Services in The Netherlands Roel Jongeneel Nico Polman LouisSlangen 213

12 How Do Farms' Economic and Technical Dynamics Contribute to Landscape Patterns? Claudine Thenail Pierre Dupraz Michel Pech Nadine Turpin Géraldine Ducos Lucie Winckler Pascal Barillé Alexandre Joannon Jacques Baudry Didier Le Coeur Laurence Hubert-Moy 235

13 When Rural Landscapes Change Functionality: Examples from Contrasting Case Studies in Portugal and Denmark Teresa Pinto-Correia J&ophi;rgen Primdahl 255

14 Historical Perspectives on the Development of Multifunctional Landscapes: A Case Study from the UK Uplands Dugald Tinch Nick Hanley Martin Dallimer Paulette Posen Szvetlana Acs Kevin J. Gaston Paul R. Armsworth 277

Part V Outlook: Emerging Perspectives of Resource Management in Rural Areas

15 Multifunctional Towns: Effects of New Retail Developments in Rural Areas Eveline S. van Leeuwen Piet Rietveld Peter Nijkamp 297

16 Rural Areas in Transition: A Developing World Perspective Teunis van Rheenen Tewodaj Mengistu 319

17 Conclusions and Prospects Floor Brouwer C. Martijn van der Heide 335

Index 00

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