Preferences for low carbon reuses of agricultural brownfields by rural dwellers

Authors: Josef Navratil, Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Robert Osman*, Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Stanislav Martinat, Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Petr Klusacek, Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Tomas Krejci, Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Kamil Picha, Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Topics: Rural Geography, Agricultural Geography, Energy
Keywords: agriculture, deagrarization, brownfield, regeneration, low carbon reuse
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Plaza Court 8, Sheraton, Concourse Level
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Agricultural premises that used to be operated before 1989 by former agricultural cooperatives and state farms changed the face of Czech villages and created new, sometimes artificial and economically not viable, but always influential centres of the life of rural population. The buildings of former collective farms and state farms are witnesses of the complete change of rural space during the last 30 years and its present state can tell us a lot about recent development of the Czech rural space. Numerous agricultural premises lost their agricultural function and/or were abandoned. Agricultural brownfields are usually very large and frequently difficult to be regenerated as they are located in areas with low attractiveness for potential investors. One of the possibilities for regeneration are low carbon reuses of agricultural brownfields that are supported by state authorities (such as photovoltaics and anaerobic digestion plants). We have studied preferences for photovoltaics and anaerobic digestion plants as possibilities of regeneration among inhabitants of villages within the South Bohemian Region. Our study area consists of 78 villages in the region, across which we obtained 481 responses (from 600 interviews). The preferences for both types of renewable energies studied among rural dwellers are very low. Anaerobic digestion plants obtained 11th position and photovoltaics 14th position out of 16 possibilities of regeneration. We have found, that correlation in responses between preferences for photovoltaics and digestion plants are quite high (0.41) and statistically significant. We are grateful for the financial support of CSF, project No.19-23870S.

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