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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Sustainability in Rural Development Based on Natural and Cultural Heritage

Tunon, Håkan


The historical landscape was a mosaic of fields, meadows and forests in small patches. Farmers had to rely on all available resources. But the changes in land use during the second half of the 20th century transformed the landscape, and the biological traces from customary use of yesteryears, e.g. the biological cultural heritage or bioheritage, are today threatened. Bioheritage includes species dependent on man’s customary uses, and traces of such use, e.g. elements, structures. A continuation of customary use is necessary for the preservation and maintenance of bioheritage for the future. However, the economic situation for small-scale farmers is today threatening this continuation. The question is: can nature and culture values and customary uses add value to products produced by the farmers and thus contribute to a continuation?


biodiversity; bioheritage; rural development; synanthropic; traditional knowledge

Published in

COMREC studies in environment and development
2016, volume: 12, pages: 31-32
Book title: Challenges för the new rurality. In a changing world. Proceedings from the 7th International Conference on Localized Agr-Food Systems
ISBN: 978-91-980607-1-3
Publisher: COMREC Studies in Environment and Development, Södertörn University


Challenges för the new rurality. In a changing world. 7th International Conference on Localized Agr-Food Systems

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Biodiversity Centre

UKÄ Subject classification

Cultural Studies
Agricultural Science

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