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Sustainable Landscapes

Balancing hard and soft values and integrating diverging interests

Agricultural intensification, industrial progress and urbanization have strong detrimental impacts on the landscapes we live in, while resilient and harmonious landscapes are key to human identity and belonging, to biodiversity and to maintaining ecosystem services for human well-being. Balancing these complex and diverging forces requires strong landscape governance. The Sustainable Landscapes research group at UG is devoted to developing knowledge for better landscape governance. Landscape governance that acknowledges and understands both the hard economic values and forces which are essential for progress and the soft vulnerable values and forces so important to higher human well-being needs and biodiversity.

The group aims to support better landscape governance by combining cutting edge science from widely differing scientific fields (recent publications from the group). They are convinced that sustainable landscape governance goes nowhere without practical knowledge and wisdom which makes close connection to a wide array of stakeholders key for our success. It calls for new combinations and partnerships of science, entrepreneurs, citizens, NGOs and governments; it calls for building landscape knowledge and understanding in unexplored ways, now and in the future. (a recent presentation about the plans of the group)

Laatst gewijzigd:09 januari 2020 16:30
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