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Steps towards an integrated eco-economy: the case of Randers, Denmark

Kjeldsen, C., Christensen, B.A.

Short title: Eco-economy in the Randers area, Denmark

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

Kjeldsen, C., Christensen, B.A. Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, PO Box 50, 8830 Tjele, Denmark. Chris.Kjeldsen@djf.au.dk

Spanish Journal of Rural Development, Vol. V (Special 1): 19-34, 2014
Copyright © 2014 Ignacio J. Díaz-Maroto Hidalgo
DOI: 10.5261/2014.ESP1.03