Landscape and Economy

Cross-cutting theme 2: Landscape and Economy

LNI coordinators: Maria Beatrice Andreucci, Nilgül Karadeniz

Landscapes are constantly creating economic values, not only with regard to ecosystem services. We are all aware of the multiple benefits provided by our green blue infrastructure but we rarely tackle conflicts and convergences implied in decision-making. In particular, the economic benefits provided should be explored paying attention to their multiple dimensions, as an example the number of jobs created is very different from the real estate value increase deriving from the new Green Infrastructure. The theme will use ‘conflicts and convergences of the Anthropocene’ as a guiding image for all working groups.

Depending on each theme, the questions may vary:

  • Cross-border landscape vision: How can the development of a landscape concept with a strong green infrastructure network contribute to Bratislava as a competitive city? How can green infrastructure development contribute to effective management of city space and city assets
  • Green infrastructure in the cross-border landscape: what are the value chains for the ecosystem services?
  • Agriculture and rural areas: how can these be economic viable for landowners and tenants, how can it contribute to circular economy?
  • Landscape and Heritage: how can modern heritage be redeveloped while offering benefits to the city and the community? Can it help to create jobs for the inhabitants?

Our main questions are:

  1. Which new partnerships can foster the economic sustainability of multifunctional landscapes?
  2. How can these landscape-economic models work and function across international borders? How can the rapidly growing economy of Bratislava be managed in this specific border landscape situation?

Planned results

  • An overview of the main economic drivers and forces in the landscape
  • A strategy for economic development based on sustainable development goals linked to the needs of the local communities.