Ecological Rationality in Spatial Planning

Concepts and Tools for Sustainable Land-Use Decisions

  • Carlo Rega

Part of the Cities and Nature book series (CITIES)

About this book


Spatial planning defines how men use one of the most important and scarce resources on Earth: land. Planners therefore play a key role in countering or deepening the current ecological crisis. To foster ecological transitions, planning scholars and practitioners need to be equipped with sound theories and practical tools. To this end, this book advocates a re-foundation of spatial planning under the paradigm of “ecological rationality”, based on the revaluation of early pioneers of ecological planning and mutual fertilization with different disciplines, including decision-making science, ecology, (eco)system theory, land use science and political ecology.
The key principles of ecological rationality and its application to spatial planning are discussed and this conceptual framework is used to explain the main underlying drivers of ecological degradation and their spatial manifestations at the local level. Current policy instruments in the European context, which can be used to underpin ecological planning, such as Green Infrastructure and the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Service (MAES) initiative, are also examined.


Spatial Planning Land Use Planning Landscape Planning Ecology Ecosystem Services Green Infrastructure Land Use Science

Authors and affiliations

  • Carlo Rega
    • 1
  1. 1.ITERAS – Research Centre for Sustainability and Territorial InnovationBariItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33026-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33027-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-8306
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-8314
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