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The Role of Different Types of Actors In The Future of Sustainable Agriculture In a Dutch Peri-urban Area

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Abstract

Peri-urban areas support a broad range of multifunctional demands for public goods. In northwest Europe, peri-urban areas tend to overlap with intensive agricultural land, resulting in conflicts between agricultural use and the public good demands of residents. Sustainable intensification (SI) of agriculture might help reconcile agricultural and well-being goals, but it is unclear how the mix of actors in a peri-urban setting can trigger or restrain SI. In a Dutch case study, we explored how SI of agriculture can contribute to making peri-urban areas more sustainable, and which actors are key enabling factors for implementing SI. We used interviews, surveys, workshops, and empirical analysis to obtain insight into the stakeholder’s vision of a sustainable future for the case study area, the farming system and actor network. We integrated these insights in a Bayesian Belief Network, where we linked the actor network to implementation of three SI measures (farm-level efficiency measures, small landscape elements, and direct sales), and used sensitivity analysis to model effects of support for implementation by different groups of actors. The case study has a dense stakeholder network, where, dependent on the SI measure, farmers are triggered by all actors to implement SI, or have a stronger role in uptake themselves. The sensitivity analysis suggested that the future preferred by the stakeholders requires broad support of all actors involved, with local actors without a formal role being essential for uptake. Overall, trade-offs among public goods are almost inevitable when taking up SI measures.

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hal-03745559 , version 1 (04-08-2022)

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Catharina J E Schulp, Franziska Komossa, Laura Scherer, Emma H van der Zanden, Marta Debolini, et al.. The Role of Different Types of Actors In The Future of Sustainable Agriculture In a Dutch Peri-urban Area. Environmental Management, 2022, ⟨10.1007/s00267-022-01654-3⟩. ⟨hal-03745559⟩
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