New book: European Landscapes in Transition

Published on
January 30, 2018

Cambridge University Press just published a new book on the policy and practice of European Landscapes. “This is the first book that discusses current approaches to European rural landscapes by reflecting on the deep rooted, community-based origins of these areas,” co-author Bas Pedroli of Wageningen University says. “With this book we provide readers with suggestions for improving current landscape policy and planning with clearly-described pathways for guiding changes.”

European rural landscapes as we experience them today are the result of ongoing processes and interactions between nature and society. These are changing fast: the future landscapes will be different from those we know currently. Written for academics, policy-makers and practitioners, this book is the first to explore the complex histories of rural landscapes in Europe as a basis for their sound governance in future. Tensions between the needs of agricultural spaces driven by economic incentives and a variety of non-agricultural functions are explored to demonstrate current challenges and the shortfalls in the policies that address them. Inspiring case studies highlight the roles of regional agents and communities.

The book includes a global perspective, using case studies from across Europe and comparing and contrasting these with landscape management practices in other parts of the world. The authors, all leading experts directly involved in research relating to EU policies as well as to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, go further than the usual analyses to illustrate the importance of local context.