Golf clubs as landscape players– Establishment of collaboration networks in the landscape for enhanced contribution to the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development

Summary

Multifunctional golf facilities can contribute a multitude of societal benefits, such as biodiversity and outdoor recreation. Today, the work to implement the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 global goals are gaining attention world-wide. The cross-sectoral and cross-scale nature of the goals, spanning issues such as health, food production and climate change, stresses the relevance and importance of viewing the landscape through a multifunctional lens.

This project is investigating how golf clubs can contribute to enhanced multifunctionality on landscape level by collaborating with other actors, thereby advancing their contribution to the 2030 Agenda implementation process in the Nordic countries. At three sites, we will carry out social-ecological inventories to identify key collaboration partners in the landscape. A workbook will be produced to inspire collaborative processes between golf clubs and other actors in the landscape.

During 2017, we recruited three courses to participate in the project: Asserbo GC (Denmark), Larviks GC (Norway) and Linköpings GC (Sweden). We made our first visits to the clubs (second visit will be for the workshops in spring 2018), met club representatives and interviewed them about existing/potential values and previous/ongoing/potential collaborations. Identification of landscape actors is finished in Sweden and Norway. So far, we have interviewed 16 landscape actors in Norway (we will add a couple more in January) and 21 in Sweden. These landscape actors, representing different perspectives on and knowledge about the development of the landscape, will meet at workshops in 2018. They can assist in, and benefit from, development of one or more of the values to be discussed at the workshop. Examples of landscape actors included in the study are: municipal departments (sports & recreation, nature, culture, health etc.), local business associations, local branches of national associations working with e.g. trekking and tourism, outdoor recreation, art and nature conservation; schools, museums, and organisations for people with disabilities.

Multifunktionella golfbanor kan bidra till en rad samhällsnyttor, till exempel biologisk mångfald och friluftsliv. Arbetet med att implementera Agenda 2030 och de 17 globala målen för hållbar utveckling får ökad uppmärksamhet runtom i världen. Målen, som spänner över alla samhällssektorer och berör frågor som hälsa, matproduktion och klimatförändringar, visar på vikten av att vi betraktar landskapet ur ett multifunktionellt perspektiv. Syftet med detta projekt är att undersöka hur golfklubbar kan bidra till ökad multifunktionalitet på en landskapsnivå genom att samarbeta med andra aktörer och på så vis även stärka sin position i arbetet med att implementera Agenda 2030 i Norden. Vi kommer att genomföra så kallade socio-ekologiska inventeringar på tre platser (med utgångspunkt i tre golfanläggningar) för att identifiera nyckelaktörer att samarbeta med. Vi kommer även att producera en handbok för att inspirera samarbetsprocesser mellan golfklubbar och andra aktörer i det omkringliggande landskapet.

Contact
Anders Esselin

Anders Esselin, Man & Nature AB, Borgmästarvägen 5, 193 35 Sigtuna. Phone: +46 (0)70-273 09 45. E-mail: anders@mannature.se

FACTS
Category: Multifunctional golf facilities
Status: Ongoing
Project period: 2017-2018

Fundings (kSEK)

  2017 2018 Total
STERF 281 368 649
Other 0 0 0
Total 281 368 649

 

Project objectives

To investigate how golf courses can contribute to enhanced multifunctionality on landscape level, thus advancing their contribution to the 2030 Agenda implementation process in the Nordic countries.  Subgoals are:

  • To identify  existing or potential functions/values on golf courses, apart from golf playing, that could benefit from collaboration on landscape level. The values/functions should contribute to multifunctionality of the landscape and not only matter for the course and club members (e.g. outdoor recreation, cultural history, biodiversity, education)
  • To determine the global goals to which the identified functions contribute 

  • To identify actors in the surrounding landscape that would benefit from collaborating with the golf club and other relevant actors when developing the identified values/functions. The collaboration should also benefit the golf club in a win-win relationship
  • To examine how long-term collaboration between golf clubs and actors in the surrounding landscape can be developed to advance the contribution to the 2030 Agenda implementation process and enhance multifunctional values in the landscape