Synthesis report

Peri-urbanisation in Europe:

Towards European policies to sustain Urban Rural Futures

Editors: Annette Piorr, Joe Ravetz, Ivan Tosics
Publisher: University of Copenhagen/Academic Books Life Sciences (ISSN: 978-87-7903-535-5)

The peri-urban – the space around urban areas which merges into the rural landscape – is growing across Europe. The peri-urban is a zone of innovation, knowledge based and globalized enterprise. It is also the place which attracts new types of housing, transport infrastructure and multifunctional agriculture, with a diverse range of recreation sites and ecosystem services. Urban development, by far the most rapidly expanding land use type in Europe, puts peri-urban areas under particular pressure: the growth of built development in peri-urban areas is likely to be up to four times as fast as in urban areas. The risk is urban sprawl, with its many societal and environmental problems. A more balanced and sustainable pattern of development needs a better policy focus, not only on periurban areas, but on the wider rural-urban region which surrounds them. A more integrated EU level policy and funding system can enable and encourage integrated development at the local, regional and national levels. This synthesis report, based on new research from the EU Integrated Project PLUREL, quantifies the trends, risks and opportunities for peri-urban areas, sets out new concepts for urban- rural linkages, and provides recommendations for targeted policies for rural-urban regions across Europe.



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