The rise of agricultural parks as farmland governance strategy in Flanders, Belgium.

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In Europe the concept of agricultural park or 'agropark' has been mobilized for various sus-tainability reasons such as biodiversity conser-vation, economic diversification, climate change mitigation and the preservation of open space. An agropark can be defined as a network of ac-tors in a peri-urban area with a specific identity where multifunctional agriculture produces food and delivers other social services in close relation to the city.

Though each agropark is site- and context-spe-cific, the numerous examples throughout Eu-rope demonstrate the strategic potentials of the concept to deal with social, agricultural and spa-tial challenges of open space and farmland preservation in and around our cities. Despite the dense urban fabric and the high pressure on open space, Flanders (Belgium) wasn’t ac-quainted with the concept until the start of a government induced program ‘Pilot projects on a productive landscape’ (PPPL) in 2014. In this paper we explore the journey of the agropark from theoretical concept to actual practice in Flanders, as well as some endeavours to upscale a first example.
Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
Titel4th Rural Conference, Thinking Urban-Rural interactions through Food and Land Uses issues : Book of abstracts
Aantal pagina’s3
Plaats productieMontpellier
PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2021
EvenementThinking Urban-Rural interactions through Food and Land Uses issues: 4th Rural Conference - Montpellier
Duur: 24-mrt-202126-mrt-2021


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