Research Theme Rural Areas

The central aim of this research programme was to assess the effects of climate change and adaptive strategies (i.e. sets of concrete adaptation measures) on agriculture, nature and other land-use functions in the rural landscape of the Netherlands. To achieve this aim, this research focused on four case study areas, using two climate scenario and one plausible socio-economic scenario.

The research consortium investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of adaptation strategies, in close cooperation with the stakeholders. These strategies are meant to:

    • achieve a climate proof ecological structure that allows meeting high standard climate proof nature targets
    • Give positive perspectives to agriculture, the drinking water sector and other land-use functions
    • Optimize the overall functionality of the landscape, in terms of water management, biodiversity, agriculture, drinking water and recreation

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