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Introduction

Editor SJRD

This special issue of Spanish Journal of Rural Development (SJRD) on “Urban green infrastructures” builds upon newly emerging urban needs: the call for quality of food in combination with the provision of nature landscape amenities in the metropolitan landscape. It is the result from explorative case study research on functionalities and multi-spatial connectivity of green space and natural systems, slogan of the XXV Congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology held in July 2013 in Florence, Italy.

This is the first special issue of SJRD published this year, although it will not be only, and it means a new firm step of our journal in the arduous task to keep walking in a difficult and laborious context, looking for a respectable scientific quality. I conclude, therefore, with dignity: "it seems, Sancho, there is no proverb that it is not true, because all are judgements drawn from experience, the mother of all sciences" ("The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quijote" by Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra).

Editor SJRD