An Inventory Approach to the Assessment of Main Traditional Landscapes in Sicily (Central Mediterranean Basin)

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Abstract

EU policy for the conservation of cultural landscapes is of particular importance fora region such as Sicily (Italy) which is the site of many Mediterranean traditional culturallandscapes as well as new landscapes created by contemporary agriculture. Such variety oflandscape, however, is not supported or confirmed by specialised inventories that identify andclassify the typical Main Traditional Landscape (MTL). On the basis of these considerations,the objective of the present paper is to draw up a preliminary inventory and present a briefcharacterisation of MTLs in Sicily, in line with the multidisciplinary experiences and approachesimplemented at European and national levels. In defining the typological units, the terminologyused to identify Sicilian MTLs was modified by experiences developed on the mainland, withentries such as: bocage/semi-bocage, coltura promiscua, Mediterranean open field, mountainlandscape, huerta and terrace landscape. Using different spatialised data layers, including thoseconcerned with the main historical processes of land use and land use change, a total of eightMTLs have been detected, mapped, and concisely described. The distribution and importance ofterracing systems within the different MTLs is highlighted as one of the most relevant traditionalelements in the rural scenario.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine0
RivistaLandscape Research
Volume37
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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