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Land 2014, 3(1), 19-33;

Perspectives of Livestock Farmers in an Urbanized Environment

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC, C/Albasanz n. 26-28, 3D22, E-28037 Madrid, Spain
Received: 31 October 2013 / Revised: 10 December 2013 / Accepted: 16 December 2013 / Published: 20 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscape Perspectives on Environmental Conservation)
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Agriculture and its conflicts is a traditional debate in contemporary rural geography, associated with the organization and transformation of cultural landscapes by social groups. One of the most important areas of research is the perspectives and responses of farmers on the urban-rural fringe. The problems associated with land use change and the varying influences on new uses of traditional landscape introduce renovating and permanent elements to the management, responses and perspectives of farmers: extensification, changes in the organization of farm, relocation, etc. The purpose of this research is to analyze the conflicts, key responses and perspectives over farmland uses and their coexistence with the main dynamics of local and regional land use governance in the metropolitan rural area of Madrid, Spain. This contribution presents the main results of an empirical research in a key area in the north of the Madrid region: the municipalities of Colmenar Viejo and Tres Cantos. The methodology is mainly qualitative, based on an ethno geographical approach concerning livestock farmers directly affected by the urbanization process. The main results reflect the relevance of local politics and the individual livestock farmers’ strategies. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban-rural fringe; rural geography; farmers; landscape change; Spain urban-rural fringe; rural geography; farmers; landscape change; Spain

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