Press release - Monday, December 22, 2014
Five pilot projects on “productive landscapes” selected
At the end of February, 2014, a call for “Pilot Projects Productive Landscapes” was launched. Ambitious projects were sought that combined innovative management, a qualitative landscape and attention for the community. Out of 28 applications, five projects were selected: in Maasmechelen, Herk-De-Stad, Herentals, Roeselare and Oostende. Each of the five firms will get tailor-made guidance with a project director, a team for designing research and the experts they need.
Instead of splitting up the open spaces in Flanders and giving them one function each, these pilot projects strive to make a landscape in which production, energy sharing, nature, recreation, biodiversity and greening all support and develop open space. The agricultural innovation of these projects serve as a real-time lab where the spatial impact can be studied, visualized and realised. Flemish Minister of Agriculture Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Building Master Peter Swinnen, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ruimte Vlaanderen, and ILVO have all joined to make this possible.
Five pilot projects
The selected projects address various fields of interest: intelligent use of expanding residential areas (Stadslandbouw Maasmechelen); working with water and nature in agriculture (Hoeve De Waterkant); setting up a collective business and multifunctional agriculture (De Kijfelaar); professionalizing urban agriculture (REO Roeselare) and creating a food park for the city (Ag Park Stene).
For more information and images, see www.productieflandschap.be
Elke Vanempten, projectcoördinator Pilootprojecten Productief Landschap