The geographical dimension of agro-environmental indicators: developing a preliminary analysis in a Mediterranean case study

Rural landscape was rapidly changing in southern Europe during the last years. The abandonment of arable land, urban expansion, and unsustainable use of land resources are examples of growing environmental pressures acting on agro-forestry ecosystems. The linkage between environment and agriculture can be expressed through the functions connected with land quality. Based on this framework, a set of agro-environmental indicators was proposed here in order to assess environmental conditions at various geographical and temporal scales.

Indicators were classified as depicting agricultural constraints, benefits, and negative externalities. A preliminary analysis on this set of indicators, developed through geographical tools, was carried out at regional and local level in Latium, central Italy, a NUTS-2 region with important agricultural production and marked human pressure on rural lands. Territorial disparities in land quality were explored by pointing out the influence of socio-environmental context, e.g. the growth of urban area of Rome and the competition for agricultural/forest land use in rural districts. The importance of agro-environmental indicators as a tool for decision-making processes and for planning activities aimed at overcoming the ecological unbalance at the local and regional scale was discussed.

Copyright: © Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Source: 2nd International Conference 2009 (Juni 2009)
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