Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Reconnecting Local Development and Land Quality: Demographic Dynamics and Landscape Transformations in Agricultural Districts at Risk of Desertification in Southern Italy

G. Egidi, G. Quaranta, L. Salvati

Abstract



Land degradation is related to biophysical conditions and human factors influencing the potential for local development. The present study investigates long-term trends in selected socioeconomic variables that contribute to reduce land quality in an agricultural district exposed to desertification risk in Campania region, Southern Italy. The study area is representative of landscape transformations leading to fragmentation of the complex land-use mosaic. Taken as a powerful driver of land degradation reflecting both long-term and short-term landscape transformations, population dynamics in the study area were reconnected with local development paths and environmental quality trends. A fine tuning of developmental policies with measures addressing land conservation is necessary to assure long-term sustainability of intensively farmed districts.

Keywords


agriculture; natural conservation; population trends; economically disadvantaged districts; Mediterranean Europe.

Full Text:

PDF


Disclaimer/Regarding indexing issue:

We have provided the online access of all issues and papers to the indexing agencies (as given on journal web site). It’s depend on indexing agencies when, how and what manner they can index or not. Hence, we like to inform that on the basis of earlier indexing, we can’t predict the today or future indexing policy of third party (i.e. indexing agencies) as they have right to discontinue any journal at any time without prior information to the journal. So, please neither sends any question nor expects any answer from us on the behalf of third party i.e. indexing agencies.Hence, we will not issue any certificate or letter for indexing issue. Our role is just to provide the online access to them. So we do properly this and one can visit indexing agencies website to get the authentic information.