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Community Essay: Planning for landscape multifunctionality

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Author(s): Paul Selman

Journal: Sustainability : Science, Practice and Policy
ISSN 1548-7733

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 45;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: multiple resource management | landscape planning | environmental design | land use | socioeconomic aspects | sustainability | multifunctionality | green infrastructure

ABSTRACT
The term “multifunctional landscapes” has been greeted with suspicion in some quarters as unnecessary jargon for which there are simpler and better-known alternatives, such as multiple use. This community essay explores the meanings associated with landscape multifunctionality and concludes that it is, in fact, a useful term that reflects important new ideas. In particular, it can help to promote landscapes that cross urban-rural divides, are more sustainable, and are planned and implemented in an integrated way.
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