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Policies to effectively reduce land consumption for settlement development

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom



Czech Republic

Marie Pacakova
xymarie.pacakova@gacr.czhttps://gacr.cz/en/yespossiblynoGrant Agency of the Czech Republic, a section for support of the research. Open to all fields of science. The Czech Science Foundation (also known as the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, GA CR) was established in 1993 as the main independent public organization with the aim to support basic research in the Czech Republic and promote international collaboration of researchers and research teams on the bilateral and multilateral levels. On the basis of calls for proposals, the Czech Science Foundation provides financial support for experienced as well as young and early-stage researchers. Moreover, it funds bilateral projects together with projects carried out within international research programmes. The subject of a project proposal is determined by the applicant (bottom-up principle). Around 2,500 project proposals are submitted to the GA CR every year, of which more than one-fourth obtain financial support. The GA CR invites proposals in all disciplines of basic research.




Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Marion BARDYmarion.bardy@agriculture.gouv.frhttp://www,agriculture.gouv.frunknownyesyesHow to manage the multifunctionality of agricultural soils, also takes into account in the decision making - transverse to several themes. What means of action / levers for actors managing agricultural ecosystems
Reduction of land consumption Qualitative assessment of land consumption yesmc.dictor@brgm.fr


Federal Ministry of Education and Resarch
Dr. Kristina Grossk.gross@fz-juelich.dewww.ptj.deyeayesyes
Urban and rural areas are closely interrelated and depending heavily on to each other. Urbanization and digitization - these and other trends urgently need to redefine functional urban areas and the urban-rural relationships. Coping with conflicts and initiating sustainable land use is of central importance. As part of the initiative “Future Cities” urban-rural relationships are part of intensive research activities in Germany. The BMBF is therefore interested to exchange in an international dialogue.possiblyuwe.ferber@stadtland.eu


Regione Emilia Romagna
Nicola Dall'Olionicola.dallolio@regione.emilia-romagna.itwww.regione.emilia-romagna.ityespossiblyyesRegione Emilia Romagna is interested in co-funding and being a partner of H2020 projects and other UE funding programme
Reduce soil sealing to preserve fertile soils. Currently co-funded in the framework of the LIFE project SOS4Lifecurrently fundingmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it
Michele Munafòmichele.munafo@isprambiente.itwww.isprambiente.itYesyesno
Activities aimed to support policies - Institutional activitycurrently fundingmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it
Ministry of The Environment, Land protection and Sea
Laura D'Apriledaprile.laura@minambiente.itwww.minambiente.itNOnono
This topic is particularly interesting because land consumption reduction is a political priority for Italy. Il tema è di particolare interesse in quanto la riduzione del consumo di suolo è una priorità politica per l'Italia. The definition of shared technical references at Community level could facilitate the implementation of plans and programs.possiblymatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it
Regione Piemonte
Guido Baschenisguido.baschenis@regione.piemonte.itwww.regione.piemonte.ityesyesno
Regione Piemonte is interested to develop specific politics to make more effective and implement his laws and planning instruments.outside our remitmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it


implementation programme soil and subsurface
Leo Hamerlinck (via Linda Maring)linda.maring@deltares.nlhttps://www.bodemplus.nl/onderwerpen/bodem-ondergrond/bodemconvenant/thema/kennis/uitvragen/uitvraag-2017/aanbestedingsvormen/xxxpossiblypossiblyThis programme has budget untill (10 mln between 2017-2020) for soil and subsurface. They use the Dutch knowledge agenda soil and subsurface (which is the same as the dutch contribution to the INSPIRATION agenda) as leading research questions. They set out different calls (next call is on climate / rural area, nature / infrastructure or energy, max 150 KEUR, 50% cofininancing needed, deadline Nov 29 2017 ) They are open for collaboration in europe. how and on which topics is not specified yest. Probably theyw ant to arrange this via the Knowledge and Innovation Program Soil and Subsurface (also entered in this database)
outside our remitlinda.maring@deltares.nl



Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Maria MaiaMaria.Maia@fct.ptwww.fct.ptPermission for what?yesyes
possibly, already funded, currently fundingtpanago@ualg.pt
Center on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics
Thomas Panagopoulostpanago@ualg.pthttp://cieo.pt/mission.phpyespossiblyyes
António José Conde Buzio Sampaio Ramos





IHOBE Basque Environment Agency
Ana Alzola +34 94 423.07.43ana.alzola@ihobe.euswww.ihobe.eusyes but only within the interested partiespossiblyyesIhobe is the public agency for environmental management of the Basque Country. As such the organization has limited funding capacity. However Ms Alzola has tried to reflect in her responses the potential interest of the Department of Environment of the Basque Government with respect to the SRA. She is willing to participate in an online match making / meeting in the medium term though.
very much interested Medium term 2020-2025yesgemma.garcia@tecnalia.com
Basque Government
Ignacio de la Puerta Director of Spatial Planning, Urbanism and Urban Regeneration- Basque Governmentidelapuerta@euskadi.eushttp://www.euskadi.eus/gobierno-vasco/departamento-medio-ambiente-politica-territorial/inicio/YespossiblynoInterested in SRA and in following up the initiative of New Funder Platform
Towards a land use model which allows a balanced territorial interaction between rural-urban- periurban realities. With particular focus on regulation of commercial land uses: i.e. stimulating local commerce as a driver for responsible consumption patterns, preventing from gentrification, reducing land consumption and negative impact on landscape, while contributing to food securitypossibly, already fundedgemma.garcia@tecnalia.com


The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agrucultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Elisabet Goranssonelisabet.goransson@formas.sewww.formas.seyespossiblypossiblyMay be a change of Contact person


Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.snf.chnonono
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.bafu.admin.chnonono

United Kingdom

Knowledge on how to design effective policies given the institutional constraints of their implementation and enforcement will be necessary to realize the benefits of reduced land consumption in rural and urban areas.

  • For founders
  • For endusers
  • For researchers
  • For citizens
Reduced land consumption by improved policies on land development.
End users will benefit from more consistent implementation of fit for purpose land use policies.
New data and agile modelling techniques provide researchers with novel ways of understanding the long term effects of socioeconomic drivers of land consumption and alternative land use policies.
Citizens will have their need for healthy settlements met but without unnecessary consumption of land, thus maintaining open space at urban fringes, decreasing commuting distances, and relieving public budgets by reducing costs for infrastructure development and maintenance.

A better understanding what drives land consumption for settlement development and what constitutes incentives for or obstacles to the enforcement of planning and policies to reduce land consumption will help to create policy interventions in property markets and settlement development more effective. Spatial planning and soil management is hampered more by poor understanding what drives land consumption and how to address these drivers than by a lack of knowledge on the benefits of reduced land consumption for settlement development. Existing legislation and planning controls to steer land development often fails to address these drivers and are characterized by loose implementation and enforcement.

Background: Land use for settlements is a main driver of loss of fertile soils and agricultural land. Land consumption, however, is itself driven by a range of different motives: changing life-style patterns, demographic change, economic developments (e.g. e-commerce, logistics), infrastructure development, trends in property and financial markets, housing policy, regional planning, building codes as well as agricultural and nature conservation policies. In turn, efforts to promote compact city development, revitalize inner-city brownfields and abandoned sites and reduce consumption of fertile soils for settlements and related infrastructure often fail due to a lack of policies and regulations effectively addressing the drivers of land consumption.
Goal: A better understanding what drives land consumption for settlement development and what constitutes incentives or obstacles for the enforcement of planning and policies to reduce land consumption will help to create policy interventions in property markets and settlement development more effective.
Rationale from the themes: Demand: On the one hand, there is a demand for conserving fertile soils for agriculture production and other non-urban land uses, such as forestry, biodiversity conservation or tourism & recreation. Moreover, there is a demand for revitalizing inner-city brownfields and abandoned sites as well as for maintaining historical buildings and cultural heritage to enhance the livability of urban areas and to utilize the capacity of existing infrastructure. On the other hand, there is a demand to provide proper housing conditions. Land developers are often not willing to take on the risk of dealing with contaminated sites. Lastly, retaining property rights and rights of ownership constitute strong societal demands that restrict the impact of policies on mobilizing inner-city land and increasing density of housing. Thus, there is a need to identify policies, planning approaches and regulations that balance these trade-offs legitimately, transparently and effectively.
Natural Capital: Land consumption for settlement development and associated infrastructure (e.g. transportation, powerlines etc.) is one of the main drivers for the loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, and landscape fragmentation. As city development historically took place at naturally favored sites (e.g. in regions with fertile soils), land consumption reduces the provision of highly demanded agricultural goods and services. For the containment of land development as well as the implementation of green infrastructures in rural and urban landscapes solid policy tools and planning approaches are needed to mobilize inner-city land.
Land Management: There is a need to understand the drivers of land consumption, the impacts of settlement development on natural capital and the provision of ecosystem services as well as on the sometimes conflicting societal demands with regard to housing conditions and livability of municipalities and cities to develop policies tools and planning solutions. Urban planning is often focusing on above-ground impacts of urban development, while impacts on the soil-water-sediment nexus is taking place on another time scale.
Net Impact: There is a need to better understand policies’ and planning solutions’ impacts on land consumption, ecosystem service provision and society to get insights whether to further develop or promote policies and regulations. What methods should be developed for analysis of social, natural and economic consequences of plan implementation? How can policy pilots be used to avoid mismatches between policy and practice?
So what? Spatial planning and soil management is often not hampered by a lack of scientific knowledge on the benefits of reduced land consumption for settlement development but by a lack of understanding what actually drives land consumption and how to address these drivers. In turn, existing legislation and planning to steer land development is often failing to address these drivers and moreover characterized by lose implementation and enforcement. Knowledge on how to design effective policies given the institutional constraints of their implementation and enforcement will be necessary to realize the benefits of reduced land consumption in rural and urban areas.
Links to other fields: Steering urban development is but one societal challenge where information about how to design effective policy responses would be beneficial. Other areas include e.g. the implementation of sustainable agriculture, the regulation of pollutants, or incentives to promote the re-use of revitalized brownfields.

Activities: knowledge transfer, knowledge creation, demonstration, assessment and monitoring

Goals: No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health Quality, Decent work and economic growth, Industry innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption, Climate action, Life on land

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