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Rural Landscape Changes in the Piedmont Region (Italy). A Method for the Interpretation of Possible Effects of CAP

Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino, 10125 Torino, Italy
Academic Editors: Marco Devecchi, Silvana Nicola and Federica Larcher
Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13062; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313062
Received: 9 September 2021 / Revised: 18 November 2021 / Accepted: 22 November 2021 / Published: 25 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Rural Landscape: Study, Planning, and Design)
As a result of various regulatory reforms, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has gradually achieved value and environmental awareness. However, the most recent studies carried out in the fields of environmental assessment and spatial planning seem to indicate that agricultural policies have not been very effective in achieving landscape aims. Understanding how the CAP affects the landscape can help us to improve its effectiveness and foster a more efficient territorial and targeted approach. This paper aims to show a replicable method for evaluating rural landscape changes and understanding the possible role of CAP as one of the main driving forces. The analysis was conducted in the Piedmont Region (Italy) at the supra-local and local scales by observing land use changes and landscape changes. The main results show that the CAP seems quite effective in maintaining the territorial presence on rural landscapes and in preventing the spread of forests. However, it seems less effective in limiting urban and peri-urban sprawl. The research also shows that in areas with high CAP support, factors that produce negative effects on landscape have increased. In conclusion, the author shows a possible way for the CAP to achieve the landscape purposes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); Rural Development Program (RDP); rural landscape; agricultural landscape; landscape assessment; Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA); landscape metrics; landscape change; agri-environment schemes; RDP Assessment Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); Rural Development Program (RDP); rural landscape; agricultural landscape; landscape assessment; Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA); landscape metrics; landscape change; agri-environment schemes; RDP Assessment
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Gottero, E. Rural Landscape Changes in the Piedmont Region (Italy). A Method for the Interpretation of Possible Effects of CAP. Sustainability 2021, 13, 13062. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313062

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Gottero, Enrico. 2021. "Rural Landscape Changes in the Piedmont Region (Italy). A Method for the Interpretation of Possible Effects of CAP" Sustainability 13, no. 23: 13062. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313062

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