Processes of abandonment and anthropic intensification occur at regional level. They are, in fact, the result of a single process of urban development, although, obviously, the transformations of land use implied are completely different, and resources and landscapes are modified to varying extents and on various scales. The objective of this project is to identify and analyze land use change, with the ultimate aim of establishing sustainability indicators -not exclusively of a biological nature- at regional scale, which make it possible to achieve balanced development in accordance with the carrying capacity and vulnerability of resources in each area. Methods and techniques adopted in this regional analysis will include cartography, remote sensing, GPS, multivariant statistical analysis, field-work based on sampling and GIS. Case studies in two protected natural areas of Catalonia will be studied, focusing on the different types of land use and the consequent pressure placed on resources. The key interest of the Cadí Moixeró Natural Park and its surroundings is the conflicting demands for the preservation of natural landscapes, the maintainance of agricultural activities and the development of tourism. By contrast, the Llobregat Delta faces pressure from the encroachment of expanding urban infrastructures on the protected areas and agricultural land. In each case the results obtained will be analyzed in the framework of existing planning regulations and will be compared with the corresponding regulations in other countries. The basic objective is the design of a regional planning and management framework, which will be compatible with environmentally and socially sustainable development
|Effective start/end date||1/10/98 → 1/10/01|
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