New Integrated Approaches to Climate Emergency Landscape Strategies: The Case of Pan-European SATURN Project

Nikologianni, Anastasia and Betta, Alessandro and Pianegonda, Angelica and Favargiotti, Sara and Moore, Kathryn and Grayson, Nick and Morganti, Elisa and Berg, Martin and Ternell, Anna and Ciolli, Marco and Angeli, Michela and Nilsson, Anders and Gretter, Alessandro (2020) New Integrated Approaches to Climate Emergency Landscape Strategies: The Case of Pan-European SATURN Project. Sustainability, 12 (20). p. 8419. ISSN 2071-1050

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The landscape has been described as a ‘blind spot’ when examined in light of regional strategies. The immense potential of peri-urban and rural hinterlands to counter the climate emergency is therefore also overlooked. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)Climate-KIC’s (Knowledge and Innovation Community) System and sustainable Approach to virTuous interaction of Urban and Rural LaNdscapes (SATURN) aims to address this short-sightedness. The reason why we do not see or value the landscape is complex, but part of the problem relates to its multiple ownership, numerous types and scales of conflicting designations, governance structures, policy requirements, and regulatory frameworks. This leads to an approach that is fragmented and sectoral and, therefore, fails to see the bigger picture or recognise the value that the territory has in order to deal with current environmental challenges. With partners from across Europe, the pan-European Orchestrated Ecosystem research project co-funded by EIT Climate-KIC, SATURN aims to develop new integrated strategies which will increase awareness of the capacity of the landscape, which is seen is seen as a vital way to address the deepening climate emergency. SATURN anticipates that the outputs will build capacity across Europe to help nation-states meet the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and respond to the environmental challenges. This paper, reporting on interim findings, sets out the next phase of the project and concludes with lessons learned so far, including an initial identification of processes that can be applied in regions across Europe and an evaluation of the significance of exchanging knowledge between different countries.

Item Type: Article
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Date: 13 October 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate strategies; policy; pan-European; framework; food growing; governance
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
D500 Forestry
K300 Landscape Design
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Anastasia Nikologianni
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 08:32
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2020 08:32

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