Farmers' contribution to landscape services in the Netherlands under different rural development scenarios

C. C. Pfeifer), M.P.W. Sonneveld*, Jetse Stoorvogel

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Landscape services represent the benefits human populations derive, directly or indirectly, from (agro-)ecosystem functions at the landscape scale. Many of these services are the result of farmers' decision making to allocate resources to other activities than food production and therefore are the result of farm the adoption of on-farm rural activities. With changing agricultural and rural policies, the future provision of landscape services to fulfill societal demands is not guaranteed. This study aims at mapping the spatial distribution of the adoption of on-farm rural activities under different explorative scenarios. For a Dutch landscape, storylines at the landscape scale were developed by combining global storylines, resulting from the Global Environmental Outlook, with local storylines resulting from key informant interviews. Subsequently these storylines were translated into quantitative scenarios that were implemented into a simulation procedure based on spatially explicit econometric models of farmer's decision making. Results show that further market liberalization leads to a decrease of landscape services in the study area. In our study, only increased cooperation between government, farmers and citizens appears to result in a general increase of all landscape services across the entire landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-105
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Farmers' contribution to landscape services in the Netherlands under different rural development scenarios'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this