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Study/Étude : Alternative futures of rural areas in the EU, November 2009

Source: LEI Wageningen.
In this study alternative futures of rural areas in the EU are explored. For this purpose, a comparative analysis of seven scenario studies of rural areas in the EU was conducted.

"Depending on the assumptions made in the scenarios, smaller or larger changes in rural areas in the EU are anticipated as compared to the current situation. On the whole, by focusing on population, globalisation, climate change, policies, agriculture, agricultural land use, landscape, nature and biodiversity and territorial disparities in rural Europe, we were able to derive six distinct alternative images of rural areas in Europe from the scenario studies."



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