What future for decommissioned historic irrigation canals? Crafting new identities in the Lower Ter (Spain)

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Title: What future for decommissioned historic irrigation canals? Crafting new identities in the Lower Ter (Spain)
Authors: Llausàs, Albert | Ribas Palom, Anna | Ricart Casadevall, Sandra | Roset, Dolors
Research Group/s: Agua y Territorio
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía
Keywords: Ecological modernisation | Ecosystem services | Green infrastructure | Landscape planning | Multifunctional agriculture
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Landscape Research. 2020, 45(5): 601-614. doi:10.1080/01426397.2020.1766004
Abstract: Historic irrigation canals are valuable socioecological systems capable of delivering several ecological and cultural services. However, ecological modernisation initiatives are leaving decommissioned ditches in limbo. A case study strategy is used to analyse the history of a decommissioned 700-year-old canal network in northeastern Spain and the unexpected intervention of several stakeholders who have attempted to redefine the former canals through new uses. The study relies on the analysis of documents and eight semistructured interviews with key stakeholders. We argue that this case reflects a policy failure in the application of multifunctionality, integrative planning and social participation principles presumably ingrained in European policies. The replacement of such principles with monosectoral action under a productivity paradigm, function segregation and a neoliberal management approach should be balanced with greater institutional commitment, increased coordination between stakeholders and rigorous planning controls if ecological and cultural functions and services are to be preserved.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the FP7 Environment [PCIN-2015-017]; Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad [PCIN-2015-017].
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/107911
ISSN: 0142-6397 (Print) | 1469-9710 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2020.1766004
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2020 Landscape Research Group Ltd
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2020.1766004
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