Special Issue "Landscape Analysis, Planning and Regional Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Ecology and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Patrizia Tassinari
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Guest Editor
Biosystems engineering Group, Department of Agricultural and Food sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: Spatial and landscape analysis; spatial and landscape planning; regional planning; landscape design; resilience and sustainability of territorial systems; buildings and landscape; green systems; GIS; climate change mitigation and adaptation; integrated cross-sector planning; participatory planning; landscape quality
Prof. Daniele Torreggiani
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Guest Editor
Biosystems engineering Group, Department of Agricultural and Food sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: Spatial and landscape analysis; spatial and landscape planning; regional planning; landscape design; resilience and sustainability of territorial systems; buildings and landscape; green systems; GIS; climate change mitigation and adaptation; integrated cross-sector planning; participatory planning; landscape quality

Special Issue Information

Landscape analysis and planning have been facing more and more challenging goals, with the rapid evolution of socioeconomic and environmental processes, the more and more strict connections between urban and rural areas and the increasing multifaceted nature of many landscapes, the increasing need of activating virtuous circular processes among the various landscape resources, the need of more and more integrated policies and plans at the various scales. Landscape identities and values represent strategic assets for regional development policies and programs, which must increasingly address the challenge of creating more inclusive and resilient societies, with the aim to increase the competitiveness of all regions. This poses both conceptual challenges related to the set-up of regional planning and development models, as well as methodological challenges about the implementation of plans, policies and programs.

The Special Issue addresses new challenges and cross-cutting issues in the landscape analysis and planning and regional development domains, with reference both to rural, periurban and urban landscapes, and both everyday and outstanding or degraded landscapes, in line with the European Landscape Convention. The Special Issue welcomes papers addressing innovative approaches and frameworks in the landscape analysis and planning and regional development fields; papers focusing on new methodological and technological challenges for combining development, social, environmental and economic sustainability, and landscape protection and enhancement; papers addressing the analysis of territorial challenges and the identification of innovative site-specific territorial policies aimed at multi-level, multi-sectoral and evidence-based regional development, from cities to rural areas, at various territorial scales; papers about the evaluation of the impact of landscape planning and regional development policies and plans for urban and rural development, support to policy making and decision making. Papers can also focus on relevant territorial or subject-based case studies, comparative studies, studies using multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, integrated approaches considering the various landscape features and the various interconnected processes and actors, participatory processes and experiences involving different actors and sectors (public and private, citizens and associations, local and regional organizations and public administrations, etc.)

Prof. Patrizia Tassinari
Prof. Daniele Torreggiani
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Landscape analysis and planning
  • socioeconomic and environmental processes
  • circular processes
  • integrated policies and plans
  • city and the countryside
  • natural and cultural assets
  • production and socio-economic processes
  • landscape identity
  • landscape values
  • regional development policies and programs
  • inclusive and resilient territories and societies
  • approaches and frameworks
  • methodological and technological challenges
  • territorial development
  • social, environmental and economic sustainability
  • landscape protection and enhancement
  • site-specific territorial policies
  • interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches
  • integrated plans and programs
  • participatory processes
  • multi-actor and multi-sector plans and programs
  • policy making
  • decision making

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Research

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Identification of Marginal Landscapes as Support for Sustainable Development: GIS-Based Analysis and Landscape Metrics Assessment in Southern Italy Areas
Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5400; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135400 - 03 Jul 2020
Abstract
Landscape is increasingly characterized by a multifaced nature. In scientific literature and landscape governance, new landscape definitions are often coined to explain new meanings and to define specific intervention strategies and tools. The present study purposes a framework for the identification of hybrid [...] Read more.
Landscape is increasingly characterized by a multifaced nature. In scientific literature and landscape governance, new landscape definitions are often coined to explain new meanings and to define specific intervention strategies and tools. The present study purposes a framework for the identification of hybrid landscapes as support for land-use planners, which aim to guarantee development opportunities as well as natural heritage preservation and valorization. “Marginal lands” were identified starting from EU Directives and scientific approaches, by means of multicriteria analysis. Different scenarios were built: (1) no-change; (2) energy crops; (3) green infrastructures. An ecosystem services approach, via landscape metrics analysis, was used to compare the possible effects of scenarios. About 20% of the study area, an internal area of the southern Apennines, was identified as suitable for land-use change in a medium-short time, and scenarios of land-use changes show a better condition, in terms of fragmentation, than as a current asset. Results showed the strategic role and potentialities of marginal lands, as a trade-off between nature conservation and development issues, suggesting new opportunities for green infrastructures and a renewable energies chain. The study allowed for deepening the close connection among landscape planning approaches, land use change scenarios building and environmental assessment, focused on the ex-ante evaluation stage. Full article
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