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Transferring Landscape Character Assessment from the UK to the Eastern Mediterranean: Challenges and Perspectives

Department of Geography & Environmental Science, The University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
Received: 21 January 2018 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 5 March 2018 / Published: 15 March 2018
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Landscape character assessment (LCA) has a significant contribution to make as a spatial framework for the emerging concept of ‘multi-functional landscapes’, a landscape providing a range of functions, services, and human-derived benefits. The paper reviews the development of LCA in Northwest Europe with a brief description of more recent LCA projects in a Mediterranean context. This is followed by a comparative description of the Living Landscapes approach developed in the UK as applied to Cyprus. The focus is upon the challenges, and limitations, of transferring a method developed in one context to the different physical and cultural setting of the island of Cyprus examining differences in the definition of landscapes, the availability of information on the cultural landscape, the importance of incorporating a strong element of ‘time-depth’, and the potential of LCA for enhancing land use policy at a time of increased land pressures in the Mediterranean. View Full-Text
Keywords: landscape character assessment; multi-functional landscapes; planning; UK; Cyprus landscape character assessment; multi-functional landscapes; planning; UK; Cyprus
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