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VOLANTE Key messages

 

Although society is often aware of the need for trade-offs in land use planning, the consequences of alternative land use futures are difficult to imagine. Traditional assessment methods are limited in their capacity to simulate visions that firmly depart from existing land use patterns, and the current European model has difficulty in accommodating local multi-functionality. Furthermore, land use governance struggles to achieve multi-functionality since policy strategies focus on sectoral aims. Reaching any of these visions will require policy intervention based on new, integrated policy approaches in support of multiple land use functions. The VOLANTE roadmap demonstrates that:

    1. A general consensus is emerging around the notions of multi-functionality on different geographic scales, resource efficiency and the provision of services in rural areas.
    2. Despite major contrasts between the three VOLANTE visions, there are important similarities that highlight the need for bold and coordinated change in European land use.
    3. To achieve the visions along robust pathways we need a broader range of land use policy options and governance structures that balance trade-offs in a transparent and well-informed way.
    4. To be effective and relevant, land use policy needs to be sensitive to regional differences across Europe, and based on cross-sectoral strategies that move away from the traditional sectoral policy focus.
    5. Under these preconditions land use management can offer huge opportunities for society and promote socio-economic wellbeing and environmental improvement.

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