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Special Issue "Sustainable Land Uses and Rural Governance"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018).
Dr. Giuseppe Modica Website E-Mail
Dipartimento di Agraria, Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Località Feo di Vito I-89122 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: Land cover and land use change dynamics; Satellite and UAV remote sensing; landscape analysis and interpretation; remote sensing of vegetation; Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA)
Prof. Dr. Andrea De Montis E-Mail
Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, viale Italia, 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
Phone: +39 3209225566
Fax: +39 079 229243
Interests: landscape planning; regional planning; environmental evaluation; multicriteria evaluation; complex networks
Landscape is the dynamic result of the interactions between human activities and natural drivers. It is our living natural and cultural heritage and has an important public interest. The achievement of sustainable land use involves a balanced and harmonious fulfillment of three well-known pillars: Social needs, economic development, and environmental protection. Thus, a major issue in contemporary rural governance is the correct compromise between land use expansion and intensification for satisfying ever-growing human-needs—a major driver of habitat and natural resources loss—and the decline of rural populations and traditional land uses, leading to the abandonment of marginal areas. Moreover, rural/urban landscapes are still undergoing rapid changes connected to the loss of agricultural land, resulting in a mix of fragmented ecosystems.
With respect to the argument above, this Special Issue welcomes theoretical and case study contributions dealing with sustainable landscape governance at local and regional scales. Typical contributions deal with natural areas, rural landscapes, urban landscapes, metropolitan regions, ecosystem services, and human-environment systems around the world. Innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the support of community-based landscape governance in rural as well as urban/rural areas are very much encouraged. We also welcome papers from broadly defined topics that are relevant to the theme of this Special Issue.Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Modica
Prof. Dr. Andrea De Montis
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- sustainable land uses
- green infrastructures in urban/rural environments
- sustainable landscapes and indicators
- planning for sustainability
- landscape change trajectories
- ecosystem services
- rural governance