Land use across Europe is influenced by a large number of factors operating at different spatial levels. Some of the land use changes are the result of autonomous economic, social and cultural developments, while others are a result of policies or spatial plans. At local level, land use may be affected by the construction of a new road or the creation of a new built-up area, for instance. At the European level, changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have pronounced effects on agricultural land use. In this chapter, the main trends in agriculture, forestry and natural environment management are discussed, together with their effects on land use patterns in Europe. The requirements in terms of tools for describing the current situation, monitoring developments and creating scenarios for future land use are indicated. The trends and effects presented in the chapter are based on literature research and consultation with experts in the field.
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- Agriculture, Forestry and Nature: Trends and Developments Across Europe
Kees de Zeeuw
- Springer Netherlands