Societal benefits from agricultural landscapes in Girona, Catalonia

Emma Soy-Massoni*, Claudia Bieling, Johannes Langemeyer, Diego Varga, Marc Sáez, Josep Pintó

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Taking into account the perceptions of locals as well as visitors to La Plana de l’Empordà, a region in Girona (Spain) undergoing an agricultural intensification process, this study attempts to explore the linkages between agricultural landscapes and human well-being by performing open, single-question interviews with 241 respondents. The results show a high perception of cultural ecosystem services as benefits from agricultural landscapes, although differences across respondent groups and across a rural–urban gradient suggest important trade-offs. Our results demonstrate that potential conflicts in the study area might emerge between a rural view on agricultural landscapes and a more productionoriented landscape appreciation. We consider it relevant to take into account potential social conflicts due to the new social composition in Mediterranean rural areas where different perceptions regarding the delivery of ecosystem services coexist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-110
Number of pages11
JournalOutlook on Agriculture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Agricultural landscapes
  • Human well-being
  • Mediterranean rural areas
  • Perception
  • Potential social conflicts


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