Main research question/goal
This research visualises the progress and functioning of clustering of the glasshouse horticulture sector. Clustering glasshouse farms on one site offers a potential answer to some structural problems affecting this sector. However, the spatial planning, coordination of different policy levels and the many stakeholders involved make this a complex process of cooperation and change. The goal is to find ways to organise this sector according to the principles of industrial ecology.
We acquire an overview of the processes over a long term, from idea until realisation, by studying clustering in different stadia and by looking at the past, the present and the future. We compare some cases in the Netherlands and Flanders. Within these cases there is a variation in the role policy plays and in the extent to which the process spontaneously arises or is consciously initiated and coordinated.
This research leads to relevant information for the involved industries in the agricultural sector (horticulturists, suppliers and purchasers) as well as for the policy areas involved (Agriculture and Fisheries, Spatial Planning). The recommendations can redirect ongoing projects, and offer a framework for future processes glasshouse clustering. Finally, this research is relevant for other industries focusing on industrial ecology as a framework to develop their activities.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/98 → 31/12/11|