Programme 2014 – 2017
Landscapes are in many cases the precipitation of human efforts to make a living on the biophysical environment. The search for a livelihood involves the cultivation of land for food, the construction of buildings, the transformation of raw materials for production and distribution of goods, and the consumption of services. The spatial and ecological consequences are, for example, the translocation of nutrients, altered hydrological systems, and the loss of biodiversity. Planning emerges from the aspiration of societies to stimulate the socio-economic performance of landscapes and to prevent and mitigate negative environmental consequences of land use. In addition, planning is meant to increase resilience to natural processes and perturbations such as climate change or earthquakes.
In our view, successful planning needs to consider the following three elements: (i) the structure and dynamics of landscapes and how these develop; (ii) the values associated with landscapes and landscape developments; and (iii) the governance structure for steering landscape developments.
Among its key outputs, the Land Use Planning Group develops new multi-actor landscape planning approaches that are adapted to the emerging new modes of governance of rural and peri-urban landscapes in which values, creativity, and entrepreneurship of local communities are central.
Current research projects
- R-Link: Smart urban regions of the future
- PROSPER: Delivery of retail and housing through the planning system in the Netherlands
- Cultural ecosystem services of Chinese coastal landscapes
- Planning instruments to protect Chinese farmland from urban sprawl
- A pluralism perspective on sustainability assessment for road infrastructure (SARI) in Indonesia
- Tipping points and regime shifts in land use systems
- Cultural heritage in landscape (CHeriScape)
- Network of Universities for the European Landscape Convention (UNISCAPE)
- Land Use effects of Global Megatrends (for the EEA in Copenhagen)
- European Landscape Character Assessment Map (ELCAM)
- Urban climate adaptation - state of the art worldwide
- Developing a planning support tool for re-using nutrients from urban sanitation in agriculture
- Planning a bio-based economy landscape
- Multi-functional flood defence-landscape project
- Land policies, politics and the (declining) influence of municipalities as a core planning institution and áctive' land manager