A stakeholder approach, door opener for farmland and multifunctionality in urban green infrastructure

Werner Rolf, Stephan Pauleit, Hubert Wiggering

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During the last years Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI)has evolved as a research focus across Europe. UGI can be understood as a multifunctional network of different urban green spaces and elements contributing to urban benefits. Urban agriculture has gained increasing research interest in this context. While a strong focus has been made on functions and benefits of small scale activities, the question is still open, whether these findings can be up-scaled and transferred to the farmland scale. Furthermore, multifunctionality of urban and peri-urban agriculture is rarely being considered in the landscape context. This research aims to address these gaps and harnesses the question if agricultural landscapes – which in many European metropolitan regions provide significant spatial potential – can contribute to UGI as multifunctional green spaces. This work considers multifunctionality qualitatively based on stakeholder opinion, using a participatory research approach. This study provides new insights in peri-urban farmland potentials for UGI development, resulting into a strategy framework. Furthermore, it reflects on the role of the stakeholder involvement for ‘multifunctionality planning´. It suggests that it helps to define meaningful bundles of intertwined functions that interact on different scales, helping to deal with non-linearity of multiple functions and to better manage them simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Benefits
  • Functions
  • Green surge
  • Multifunctionality
  • Participation
  • Peri-urban agriculture
  • Stakeholder
  • Urban learning lab


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