Effects of farmers' decisions on the landscape structure of a Dutch rural region: An agent-based approach

D.F. Valbuena, P.H. Verburg, A. Veldkamp, A.K. Bregt, A. Ligtenberg

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Abstract

The development of rural regions is a result of multiple (spatial) interactions between socio-economic and biophysical processes. These interactions differ largely between rural regions as processes within the region are different and they also respond differently to the pressures the region is facing from outside. In particular, the diversity of farmers’ decision-making in rural regions may have an important influence on how the region responds to endogenous and exogenous processes. This response can affect the use and the structure of the landscape. The aim of this paper is to explore how future responses of farmers’ decision-making to endogenous and exogenous processes can affect the regional landscape structure. This is achieved by implementing different future scenarios in an agent-based modelling approach for a rural region in the Netherlands. The results show how the response of farming to global or regional processes either polarise or interconnect agriculture and semi-nature areas in the rural region. The results also demonstrate how different types of decision-making can influence passively or actively the structure of the landscape. The added value of including the diversity of farmers’ decision-making in regional LUCC research is discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-110
JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
Volume97
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • land-cover change
  • agricultural abandonment
  • europe
  • models
  • policy
  • intensification
  • consequences
  • strategies
  • denmark
  • systems

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