Poly-nuclear urban system, landscape identity and economic development: The Vega Baja of the Segura River (Alicante) case study

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Title: Poly-nuclear urban system, landscape identity and economic development: The Vega Baja of the Segura River (Alicante) case study
Authors: Garcia-Mayor, Clara | Canales Martínez, Gregorio
Research Group/s: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio en el Espacio Litoral | Grupo Interdisciplinario de Estudios Críticos y de América Latina (GIECRYAL)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Edificación y Urbanismo | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Geografía Humana
Keywords: Poly-nuclear urban system | Landscape identity | Huerta landscape | Vega Baja | Segura River
Knowledge Area: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio | Geografía Humana
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València
Citation: García Mayor, Clara; Canales Martínez, Gregorio. “Poly-nuclear urban system, landscape identity and economic development: The Vega Baja of the Segura River (Alicante) case study”. En: Urios, David; Colomer, Juan; Portalés, Ana (Eds.). 24th ISUF International Conference. City and territory in the Globalización, Valencia 2017: Conference Proceedings, Book of Papers. València: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València, 2018. ISBN 978-84-9048-574-3, pp. 47-53
Abstract: The geographical area of this study -the Vega Baja alluvial plain- is characterized by its intensively irrigated agricultural pattern. It is one of the last remaining Huerta European landscapes identified in the Dobris Report and dates back to the ninth-century. Since the 1990s, the introduction of new land uses has modified the configuration patterns of otherwise stable traditional settlements. The exceptionally rapid pace of this process has had a significant impact on the landscape, the environment, and on how the local population relates to their surroundings. Moreover, in the last twenty-five years, the local economy has undergone restructuring, producing a mind-shift among local communities and resulting in a meaningful loss of crop production surface to make way for town-planning developments. The preservation of the Huerta’s landscape identity requires a comprehensive and integrated reference framework to ensure sustainable development which is a goal advanced by this work. To this end, four key categories -Landscape, Agriculture, Habitat and Tourism- are defined and analyzed over three separate time periods that reflect the evolution of the territory. The aim of this paper is to provide an analytical territorial framework that can inform and guide future decision making —in the context of sustainable economic development— that should embrace a comprehensive approach to Huerta landscape identity values.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/75990
ISBN: 978-84-9048-574-3
DOI: 10.4995/ISUF2017.2017.5933
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
Rights: Licensed under a Creative Commons Atribution-NonCommercial-NonDerivatives-4.0 International License
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://hdl.handle.net/10251/100764
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