(...) this project proposes to identify and analyze the territorial effects on the natural, social and economic aspects, of abandonment and intensive occupation processes in the Catalan Pyrenees Mountains, mainly as a result of leisure and tourism activities due to attractiveness (naturbanisation) of these spaces. To carry out this research, a diagnosis will be made in three study areas (National Park of Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici and Natural Parks of Alt Pirineu and Cadí-Moixeró, and their surroundings), doing an evaluation of identified processes and their consequences on the territory at a micro geographic scale. Likewise, we will propose promotion of local sustainable development policies in order to improve land use with the perspective of an integrated landscape. This should considerer a human and natural land use balance. (...) With the purpose of knowing the reality of study area at a micro geographic scale, and in order to apply comparative advantage and local firm embeddedness theories, we primarily use a methodology of in-depth interviewing and depend on participant observation. Methods of Space change analysis are based on determination of Functional Landscape Units (UFP) by means of the Integrated Analysis of the Landscape (GTP), formulation of territorial taxonomies (TAXTER), counting land use changes (Land Cover Use) and using sustainable indicators previously elaborated. These methodologies will incorporate photogrammetry and cartography techniques from remote sensing, by means of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applied to a regional analysis. Other techniques will complement this analysis, such as field sampling, Global Positioning System (GPS), and multivariant statistical analysis in different parts of the research.
|Effective start/end date||1/10/06 → 30/09/09|