Traditional land-use and nature conservation in European rural landscapesPlieninger, T., Höchtl, F. & Spek, T., Jun-2006, In : Environmental Science & Policy. 9, 4, p. 317-321 5 p.
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Europe's countryside is characterised by a rich diversity of cultural landscapes and has been shaped by traditional land-uses. These landscapes provide numerous ecological services, e.g. the support of high levels of biodiversity. However, many traditional land-use systems have been lost or diminished in past decades, as land-uses have polarised either toward extensification and land abandonment or intensification. Remaining traditional land-use systems continue to be at risk. This paper introduces a special issue of six contributions that address land-use and landscape changes across Europe. The paper advocates a double-track strategy in cultural landscape development: first, some remaining traditional land-use systems should be preserved, and new tools for their economic viability be designed. Second, the key elements of traditional land-use that provide ecological services should be identified and integrated into future, more productive land-use systems.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Environmental Science & Policy|
|Publication status||Published - Jun-2006|