The rural space, and particularly the rural-urban fringe (RUF), in developed market economies have undergone a major process of restructuring in recent times. The RUF is a zone in transition, where urban and rural uses mix and often clash as a result of different forces that affect farmers, homeowners, and institutions. The result is the evolution of a diverse range of non-agricultural activities and a conversion and succession of land uses within this belt, affected by contesting forces as well as changing agricultural and planning policies. Changing land-use patterns in this belt have been coupled with urban encroachment on the rural space, environmental awareness, and changing rural policies. The basic trends in Israel are similar – specialization and intensification of agricultural land use, as well as expansion of structures for residential and commercial purposes. These trends reflect economic and social changes in the rural-urban fringe.
|Original language||American English|
|Journal||Landscape and Geodiversity|
|State||Published - 2013|