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Devolved Regions, Fragmented Landscapes: The Struggle for Sustainability in Madrid
Department of Geography, University of Alcalá, Calle Colegios 2, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Observatory for a Culture of the Territory, Department of Rural Planning, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria 28040, Madrid, Spain
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Received: 30 March 2010; in revised form: 7 April 2010 / Accepted: 28 April 2010 / Published: 5 May 2010
Abstract: This article reflects on the recent unsustainable land use changes in the Autonomous Community of Madrid and asserts the need for progress towards economically, environmentally and socially sustainable development models. Following research undertaken over the last six years there are encouraging signs of agreement between stakeholders and the problem has begun to “open up”. Here a new phase of problem solving is initiated, in which particular tendencies toward unsustainability are identified using a variety of basic indicators. These “Sustainability Action Areas” can be targeted for collaborative sustainability initiatives involving groups of municipalities aggregated according to their response to particular indicators.
Keywords: sustainability; land use change; collaboration; local action areas
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Hewitt, R.; Hernandez-Jimenez, V. Devolved Regions, Fragmented Landscapes: The Struggle for Sustainability in Madrid. Sustainability 2010, 2, 1252-1281.
Hewitt R, Hernandez-Jimenez V. Devolved Regions, Fragmented Landscapes: The Struggle for Sustainability in Madrid. Sustainability. 2010; 2(5):1252-1281.
Hewitt, Richard; Hernandez-Jimenez, Veronica. 2010. "Devolved Regions, Fragmented Landscapes: The Struggle for Sustainability in Madrid." Sustainability 2, no. 5: 1252-1281.