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The Role Of Management Of The Field-Forest Boundary In Poland’s Process Of Agricultural Restructuring

Woch, Franciszek, Borek, Robert
Papers on global change IGBP 2015 v.22 no.1 pp. 83-100
afforestation, agricultural land, decision making, farms, forests, land use change, landscapes, learning, modernization, planning, public services and goods, rural areas, stakeholders, woodlands, Poland
The aim of the work described here has been to point to the relationships between the field-forest boundary and crop productivity as regards the present agrarian land-use structure in Poland, and to provide new opportunities for arranging the agrarian process and the spatial planning of the rural landscape in the context of the sustainable shaping of the field-forest boundary. Impacts of forests and woodlands on crop productivity have been assessed using available data from relevant Polish literature. An assessment of the plot-distribution pattern characterising farms in Poland was made on the basis of reference data from the Agency for the Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture. Finally, the possibility of afforestation of agricultural land has been evaluated within the existing legal framework, and on the basis of available data, with attention paid to the need to include organization of the field-forest boundary within the comprehensive management and planning of rural areas, and to preserve woody elements in patchy landscapes. This all creates an opportunity to test innovative approaches to integrated land use which combines the creation of public goods and local products based on participatory learning processes that bring in local stakeholders and decision-makers.