Regional policies to protect peri-urban open spaces
Land is a valuable and basic resource for the natural or cultural heritage and human well-being. Each year in the European Union more than 1,000 km² of land is used for new housing, industry, roads or recreational purposes (European Commission, 2011). Those land take processes are related often to peri-urbanization processes of landscapes. Due to that, the new transitional peri-urban landscapes, which are joining urban, rural and natural characteristics, emerge. At the same time new developments taking place in the peri-urban landscapes foster diminishing of peri-urban open spaces.