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Record number 419358
Title Revitalizing ecological capital
Author(s) Swagemakers, P.; Wiskerke, J.S.C.
Source Geografisk Tidsskrift 111 (2011)2. - ISSN 0016-7223 - p. 149 - 167.
Department(s) Rural Sociology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) biological soil quality - land-use history - environmental cooperatives - farming activities - nitrogen - landscape - systems - management - grassland - brittany
Abstract The modernization of agricultural food production has diminished and is diminishing the sustainable use of the local natural resource base, resulting in the fragmentation of landscapes and the decline of biodiversity. In this paper we analyze the revitalization of ecological capital, which provides insights into how effective adjustments in land-use and farming practices can stimulate a reconnection between farming, nature and society. The paper focuses on a case study about endogenous knowledge on the relation between farm activities and the reproduction of the landscape and its flora and fauna in the (Dutch) Friesian Woodlands. We suggest that building adequate, local institutional frameworks that strengthen landscape structures, regional identity and the ‘branding’ of food products will sustain rural development in the area. The results should be of value for increasing the understanding among researchers and policymakers of the potential of endogenous knowledge in governing the increase of the ecological stock in an area
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