Land use analysis: The countryside of Bornholm

As a continuation of the project “Prioritizing future land use in Denmark” the Danish Board of Technology (DBT) – in collaboration with Aalborg University (AAU) and the Municipality of Bornholm (BRK) – is managing a regional project titled: “Land use analysis: The countryside of Bornholm.”

The analysis is focused on the “countryside”. This includes all areas outside cities, i.e. agriculture, forest, recreational areas, coastline, villages, and summer cottage areas. These areas have many different owners, such as private land owners, the state (including the Nature Agency), and BRK. Additionally, within the BRK different administrations are in charge of different activities in the countryside.

Wanted: Solutions for multifunctional landscapes

The background for the project is partly a desire for greater transparency in land use across different ownerships and administrations, and partly a desire to discuss visions for the future of the countryside. In terms of use and prioritization of the countryside of Bornholm, what do different stakeholders want and need in the long run?

On Bornholm, there are wishes and plans for tourism, agriculture, nature, energy production, forest, outdoor activities, and more. However, the island’s limited land area may come under pressure, and it is necessary now to discuss both prioritizations and opportunities for multifunctional landscapes. Where are the possibilities to combine many different functions in the same area?

Stakeholder involvement is essential

During the project period many different stakeholders will be interviewed about their use of and wishes for countryside management. Based on this, the DBT and BRK will arrange a stakeholder workshop focusing on common use of land and opportunities for multifunctional uses. Examples of stakeholders are the agricultural sector, private and public forest owners, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, Bornholm Energy and Utilities, the Danish Outdoor Council, the local action group (LAG), and the Danish Ornithological Society. The workshop will mix the stakeholders in smaller groups, so they can learn about each other’s needs and desires, and are engaged in constructive dialogue about broad solutions to the issues.

The Department of Planning at AAU will prepare commented maps of the countryside on Bornholm with an overview of different uses, ownership, etc. These maps will be part of the stakeholder debate.

Based on the interviews, the stakeholder workshop and maps the analysis will collect knowledge on land use on Bornholm, and this knowledge will be used in the debate of future land use on Bornholm.