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Designing Farmland for Multifunctionality


  • Christine Haaland
  • Gary Fry
  • Anna Peterson


Multifunctionality has become a major objective of European agricultural policy. However, recent research concerning the multifunctionality of agriculture has focused on economic, production or abiotic factors and has paid less attention to biotic, landscape and social aspects. In addition, relationships in the form of trade-offs between different landscape values such as biodiversity, cultural heritage, recreation and aesthetics have been little studied. This case study of a farm in southern Sweden explores the synergies and conflicts that can arise between these landscape values when planning at the farm scale. The results demonstrated that it was not easy to integrate the considered landscape values in practice, though we are often asked for them in policy documents. From the case study, we developed some general relationships--synergies and conflicts--between biodiversity, cultural heritage, recreation and aesthetics that can occur when improving multifunctionality on farmland. We combined methods originating from the natural sciences and the design traditions of landscape architecture to analyse and develop assessments of landscape values with the aim of improving multifunctionality by integrating these values. Finally, we discuss how the design approach of landscape architects can contribute to developing multifunctional farm plans and how the design process results in farm-specific solutions.

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  • Christine Haaland & Gary Fry & Anna Peterson, 2011. "Designing Farmland for Multifunctionality," Landscape Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(1), pages 41-62, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:clarxx:v:36:y:2011:i:1:p:41-62
    DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2010.536202

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    1. Brouder Patrick & Karlsson Svante & Lundmark Linda, 2015. "Hyper-Production: A New Metric of Multifunctionality," European Countryside, De Gruyter Open, vol. 7(3), pages 134-143, December.

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