The increasing demand for rural land and its natural resources is creating competition and conflicts. Many interested parties, including farmers, nature conservationists, rural residents and tourists, compete for the same space. Especially in densely populated areas, agriculture, recreation, urban and suburban growth and infrastructure development exert a constant pressure on rural areas. Because land is a finite resource, spatial policies which are formulated and implemented to increase the area allocated to one use imply a decrease in land available for other uses. As a result, at many locations, multi-purpose land use is becoming increasingly important. This notion of multi-purpose land use is reflected in the term 'multifunctionality'. This volume provides insights into viable strategies of sustainable management practices allowing multiple functions sustained by agriculture and natural resources in rural areas. It shows how the rural economy and policies can balance and cope with these competing demands and includes numerous case studies from Europe, North America and developing countries.

chapter 1|14 pages

Natural Resource Management: Globalization and Regional Integration

ByFloor Brouwer, C. Martijn van der Heide

part |2 pages

Part I Setting the Stage: Challenges and Reviews

part |2 pages

Part II Appreciate the Prerequisite: Perspectives on Land

chapter 5|22 pages

A Sustainable Management of Nature Reserves

ByNir Becker

chapter 6|20 pages

Farmland Conservation in The Netherlands and British Columbia, Canada

ByCanada Geerte Cotteleer, Tracy Stobbe, G. Cornelis van Kooten

part |2 pages

Part III Reorientations and Openings: Agri-environmental Programmes

chapter 8|24 pages

Factors Influencing Private Transaction Costs Related to Agri-environmental Schemes in Europe

ByEvy Mettepenningen, Guido Van Huylenbroeck

chapter 9|18 pages

Compensation or Conservation Payments for Farmers? Exploring Opportunities for Agri-environmental Schemes in The Netherlands

ByRaymond Schrijver, Dale Rudrum, Herbert Diemont and Tanja de Koeijer

part |2 pages

Part IV Creating a Common Currency: Landscape Values

chapter 11|22 pages

Changing Rural Landscapes: Demand and Supply of Public Services in The Netherlands

ByRoel Jongeneel, Nico Polman, Louis Slangen

chapter 12|20 pages

How Do Farms’ Economic and Technical Dynamics Contribute to Landscape Patterns?

ByClaudine Thenail, Pierre Dupraz, Michel Pech, Nadine Turpin, Géraldine Ducos, Lucie Winckler, Pascal Barillé, Alexandre Joannon, Jacques Baudry, Didier Le Coeur, Laurence Hubert-Moy

chapter 14|18 pages

Historical Perspectives on the Development of Multifunctional Landscapes: A Case Study from the UK Uplands

ByDugald Tinch, Nick Hanley, Martin Dallimer, Paulette Posen, Szvetlana Acs, Kevin J. Gaston, Paul R. Armsworth

part |2 pages

Part V Outlook: Emerging Perspectives of Resource Management in Rural Areas

chapter 15|22 pages

Multifunctional Towns: Effects of New Retail Developments in Rural Areas

ByEveline S. van Leeuwen, Piet Rietveld, Peter Nijkamp

chapter 16|16 pages

Rural Areas in Transition: A Developing World Perspective

ByTeunis van Rheenen, Tewodaj Mengistu

chapter 17|14 pages

Conclusions and Prospects

ByFloor Brouwer, C. Martijn van der Heide