The position of nature management has changed. While the national ecological network was gradually expanded by the end of the previous century (nowadays known as the Netherlands Nature Network), today’s nature managers have to show the social added value of nature more than ever before. This means that they also focus on the value of nature for health, recreation, water storage, heat control in the city and so on.
In this case, foresters, managers and policymakers seek creative solutions for social issues which also provide natural landscape value with an additional stimulus. The development of new skills among managers and students, other types of – often more integral – research, new forms of cooperation and new working methods are required here. The professorship of Sustainable Landscape management wants to play a stimulating role in these innovations. The special issue on Sustainable Landscape Management of the professional journal “Groen” provides insight to this end into a number of activities that are included in the professorship.
Professor Derk Jan Stobbelaar:
The professorship is successfully working towards sustainable landscape management in conjunction with the field. Applied research and vision development contribute to landscape management whereby the increase in natural landscape value is combined with liveability and new revenue models.
Trailblazers for the knowledge circle are Judith Santegoets (project leader for voluntary work in landscape management), José Meijer (evaluation of Dutch Society for Nature Conservation –communities), Gilbert Leistra (revenue models for private forestry management) and Brecht Caspers (Living Lab Self Supporting River Systems).
Within Van Hall Larenstein, the knowledge circle works with professorships from the faculty of Delta Areas and Resources (Paddy Walker, Noël van Dooren, Euridice Leyequién Abarca and Jeroen Rijke) who are all working on the relationship between people and the environment from their own perspective. Outside the faculty, there is cooperation with Rik Eweg from Sustainable Agribusiness in Metropolitan Areas, among others, because his chain approach also has significance for the development of landscapes.