How to conserve and develop vulnerable agricultural land. Assessment and monitoring of policy and planning options on ecosystem services

Sergio Mattia, Alessandra Oppio, Mina Di Marino

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Abstract

Despite over recent years the assessment of vulnerability and risk for single or multiple hazardous events has been the subject of much research, the value of ecosystems and the services they provide are not taken into account enough in policy-making. There are still many constraints to develop a transparent and integrated decision-making about land use, first of all the restriction of the economic analysis on direct losses and physical damage. The attention is generally paid more to the rapid recovery of the status quo after a harmful event than to reducing land vulnerability in the future by planned activities. Given to that premise, the objective of this paper is to discuss an innovative damage assessment model based on the measurement of the changes in the utility levels with reference to the notions of ecosystem and ecosystem services and to apply it to a remarkable rural/agricultural area in the Province of Lecco, Italy. This area has been selected for the availability of geo-referenced data provided by the Territorial Plan of the Province and for the special attention paid to the issue of conservation and development of rural and agricultural land. Since the difficult to take into account various types of information, linking nongeographic attributes with graphic map in order to enhance comparisons between different conditions for a variety of factors over time, the paper suggests to support the assessment process by the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationEVOLUZIONE DEI VALORI FONDIARI E POLITICHE AGRICOLE
EditorsM Crescimanno, L Casini, A Galati
Pages139-148
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventResearch Centre for Appraisal and Land Economics Meeting - Palermo, Italy
Duration: 22 Nov 201223 Nov 2012
Conference number: 42

Conference

ConferenceResearch Centre for Appraisal and Land Economics Meeting
Abbreviated titleCe. S.E.T.
CountryItaly
CityPalermo
Period22/11/201223/11/2012

Keywords

  • Environmental damage
  • agricultural land
  • ecosystems
  • assessment
  • policies and land use plans
  • VALUATION

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