PECSRL Conference 2014, Gothenburg/Sweden
Special Session 8: “Energy Production Systems and Rural Landscape Qualities”
by: Alexandra Kruse, Michael Roth, Csaba Centeri
Organiser: Institute for Research on European Agricultural Landscapes (European Culture expressed in Agricultural Landscapes – EUCALAND)
This special session addresses the two-way interrelation between renewable energy production systems and cultural/aesthetic/ecological qualities of rural landscapes, and the important role of public participation for the acceptance of renewable energy systems. The organisers ask for theory-based and empirical contributions that focus at developing a better understanding of how European landscape protection/management and the implementation of renewable energy production systems can be reconciled to contribute from a socio-environmental perspective to the sustainable transformation of energy systems. The special session will consolidate knowledge from the fields of renewable energy, landscape quality and public participation from a pan-European perspective. The potential of sustainable landscape development, with innovative land uses producing synergies for renewable energy and landscape quality shall be revealed in the presentations. The publication of selected high-quality papers in a special issue of an international journal is intended.
EUCALAND (European Culture Expressed in Agricultural Landscapes) (http://www.eucalandnetwork.eu) is an expert network that deals with the cultural and agricultural landscapes of Europe, promoting their consideration and use among the people and preserving their cultural heritage. Following the successful special session at the PECSRL-Conferences in 2008 in Óbidos, 2010 in Riga/Liepaja and 2012 in Leuwarden, this time we would like to focus more on the interaction between different land-users: energy producers, landscape planners, managers including farmers and the general public.