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Transition pathways towards sustainability in agriculture: case studies from Europe.

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The aim of this book is to improve the understanding of transition processes in European agriculture. It focuses on 'emerging transitions' - how new organizational forms and technologies change, and are changed by, mainstream actors and practices in the agricultural sector. This is achieved through an integration of recent academic theory on transition and change in agricultural systems and assess...

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Transition processes and natural resource management.

Transitions relating to public goods from the agricultural sector, particularly water quality, are addressed in this chapter. The common characteristic of the three case studies presented in this chapter is that they focus on areas where agriculture is exerting pressure on water resources. The French study region is located in the north of Brittany and includes the catchment areas of five rivers running into Lannion Bay. The water catchments in the Mangfall Valley, the German study region, are situated 50 km from Munich in the district of Miesbach, Upper Bavaria, where one third of the district's total area is used for agriculture. The Greek study area is the department of Imathia in the region of Central Macedonia, northern Greece. Since 2006 it has constituted part of a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone as the area is part of the overall water catchment of two rivers. In all three case studies two regimes; agri-food and water resources, coexisted, with varying power imbalances, creating tensions and friction. At the same time, the transition initiatives studied were of different origin and directions, from a typical top-down process in the Mangfall Valley and Imathia, to a bottom-up process, gradually gaining space among peers and governance levels in Lannion Bay.

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Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Wilson, G. A. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Socio-technical transitions in farming: key concepts. Author(s): Darnhofer, I.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 33) Understanding the diversity of European rural areas. Author(s): Slee, B. Pinto-Correia, T.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 51) Utilizing the multi-level perspective in empirical field research: methodological considerations. Author(s): Karanikolas, P. Vlahos, G. Sutherland, L. A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 67) Lifestyle farming: countryside consumption and transition towards new farming models. Author(s): Pinto-Correia, T. Gonzalez, C. Sutherland, L. A. Peneva, M.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 83) More than just a factor in transition processes? The role of collaboration in agriculture. Author(s): Schiller, S. R. Gonzalez, C. Flanigan, S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 97) High nature value farming: environmental practices for rural sustainability. Author(s): Peneva, M. Draganova, M. Gonzalez, C. Diaz, M. Mishev, P.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 127) On-farm renewable energy: a 'classic case' of technological transition. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Peter, S. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 143) 'The missing actor': alternative agri-food networks and the resistance of key regime actors. Author(s): Darrot, C. Diaz, M. Tsakalou, E. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 157) Local quality and certification schemes as new forms of governance in sustainability transitions. Author(s): Lošt'ák, M. Karanikolas, P. Draganova, M. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 171) Transdisciplinarity in deriving sustainability pathways for agriculture. Author(s): Pinto-Correia, T. McKee, A. Guimarães, H.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 189) Conceptual insights derived from case studies on 'emerging transitions' in farming. Author(s): Darnhofer, I. Sutherland, L. A. Pinto-Correia, T.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 205) Conclusions. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Zagata, L. Wilson, G. A.

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