Space is a scarcity in the Netherlands. Various functions such as agriculture, housing, infrastructure, nature and recreation all compete for the same space. Multifunctional land use is the quest to combine several functions on the same piece of land.
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been devoted to the effects of greening of the new European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), especially in the so-called ecological focus areas.
In the Dutch rural region of Winterswijk, we have provided support for rural development projects aimed at multifunctional and sustainable land use, farming with landscape and nature, and in a pilot project aimed at gaining experience through the ambitions of the new CAP.