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Sustainability 2010, 2(5), 1252-1281; doi:10.3390/su2051252

Devolved Regions, Fragmented Landscapes: The Struggle for Sustainability in Madrid

1,*  and 2
1 Department of Geography, University of Alcalá, Calle Colegios 2, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain 2 Observatory for a Culture of the Territory, Department of Rural Planning, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria 28040, Madrid, Spain
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 30 March 2010 / Revised: 7 April 2010 / Accepted: 28 April 2010 / Published: 5 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Use and Sustainability)
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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 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.

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