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Potential for Sustainable Development in the Southeastern Spanish Region of Guadix

Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 727; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020727
Received: 3 November 2020 / Revised: 8 January 2021 / Accepted: 11 January 2021 / Published: 13 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rural Sociology, Agriculture and Ecological Territorial Development)
The Southeastern Spanish Region of Guadix is a mainly agrarian territory located in the Granada province, which is in demographic decline and has low economic dynamism. Reversing such a difficult socioeconomic situation requires the implementation of policies capable of promoting demographic revitalization and fruitfully exploiting potential for sustainable development in the zone. Such policies must be based on an appropriate diagnosis of the existing problems. In order to provide elements to make said diagnosis, this research combines the use of quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitatively, the evolution of demographic dynamics in the region have been analyzed, as well as its levels of occupation, education, its economic situation, or its environmental conditions. In this regard, correlation analysis, factorial analysis, and clustering have been completed with the aim of revealing internal territorial imbalances. A series of qualitative interviews with key actors has also been conducted. Finally, given the little success of development programs applied to date, among other things, it is concluded that a greater involvement of local actors in said programs is needed. Thus, these actors have to be involved in development policies, which in turn must take into account the socioeconomic, cultural, environmental, and geological resources available in the area. View Full-Text
Keywords: Southeastern Spain; demographic decline; peripheralization approach; low economic dynamism; potential for sustainable development; territorial imbalances; active social participation; rural development policies Southeastern Spain; demographic decline; peripheralization approach; low economic dynamism; potential for sustainable development; territorial imbalances; active social participation; rural development policies
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Álvarez-Lorente, T.; Entrena-Durán, F. Potential for Sustainable Development in the Southeastern Spanish Region of Guadix. Sustainability 2021, 13, 727. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020727

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Álvarez-Lorente T, Entrena-Durán F. Potential for Sustainable Development in the Southeastern Spanish Region of Guadix. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):727. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020727

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Álvarez-Lorente, Tamara; Entrena-Durán, Francisco. 2021. "Potential for Sustainable Development in the Southeastern Spanish Region of Guadix" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 727. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020727

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