Chris Kjeldsen

Steps towards an integrated eco‐economy: The case of Randers, Denmark

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An important factor in the recent economical development of the Danish city Randers has been the project Randers Rainforest (RR). RR is a tropical zoo, which consists of an indoor exhibition within three domes, as well as an outdoor exhibition which includes the neighbouring meadows adjacent to the River Guden. RR has been an active part in creating and facilitating a multidimensional project space which combines experience economy, nature conservation, biodiversity enhancement, environmental regulation services, rural
and landscape management, and food networks. RR can be interpreted as an attempt to develop an integrated eco-economy, which transcends established borders between public and private organizations, private and community enterprise and between rural and urban spatial development. The specific aim of the paper is to demonstrate how modernization has decoupled urban and rural space and has produced ‘left-over’ spaces within both domains. It will also be demonstrated how the tropical zoo project in Randers have revalorized ‘left-over’ qualities and reintegrated significant ecosystem services and other
functions into the local economy, thus providing an overall enhancement of urban green infrastructure
TidsskriftSpanish Journal of Rural Development
NummerSpecial 1
Sider (fra-til)19-34
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 2014

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