A new perspective on peri-urban areas: Planning for climate adaptation and food production

Jeroen De Waegemaeker, Maarten Van Acker, Eva Kerselaers, Elke Rogge

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    Spatial and landscape planning for climate adaptation is a novelty and raises several challenges. A mayor challenge is the so-called adaptation gap; How can we integrate long term trends, resulting from climate change research, into everyday planning practices? This question is all the more pressing in peri-urban areas where current land use changes (e.g. urbanization, horsification, recreational developments) rapidly alter local vulnerability. The local vulnerability to climate change of a metropolitan area results from exposure, potential losses and adaptive capacity, which are all affected by land use changes. Moreover, although local agricultural values are usually high, farmland in western peri-urban areas is currently lost at high rate. However, climate change research projects that these areas will be increasingly significant to the world food production on the long term.

    This study aims to unravel the complexity of spatial and landscape planning for climate adaptation by exploring a case study: peri-urban Flanders. We define two major research objectives: (1) Which climate adaptive layouts are promising for peri-urban areas and where might they be applied in Flanders? (2) How do these layouts secure the future food production without ignoring current societal expectations for rural areas?

    Through research by design, the significance of the Flemish peri-urban territories for food production and their vulnerability to climate change will be examined. Regional climate change models and historical data are used to assess the local exposure to climate change. Furthermore, the potential losses and the adaptive capacity of the peri-urban developments are estimated. Therefore, insights from agricultural climate adaptation studies is matched with spatial data. Finally, the strategic value of Flemish peri-urban areas and the opportunities for climate change adaptation by spatial and landscape planning will be discussed.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    Aantal pagina’s1
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - sep.-2014
    EvenementPECSRL 2014 Unraveling the logics of landscape - Gothenburg, België
    Duur: 8-sep.-201412-sep.-2014


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