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World Terraced Landscapes: History, Environment, Quality of Life

  • Mauro Varotto
  • Luca Bonardi
  • Paolo Tarolli
  • Offers a rich and updated overview of the situation of some of the most relevant terraced areas in Europe and in the World

  • Offers a first time multifunctional approach to terraced areas, underlining their different values emerging from a multidisciplinary perspective (ecology, geomorfology, economy, anthropology, social geography, rural and urban planning)

  • Invites to share a common vision and commitment to safeguard and enhance the multifaceted values of regional terraced systems in the framework of an international perspective and network


Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mauro Varotto, Luca Bonardi, Paolo Tarolli
    Pages 1-4
  3. Terraced Landscapes in the World: A General Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Mauro Varotto, Francesco Ferrarese, Salvatore Eugenio Pappalardo
      Pages 27-43
    3. Lučka Ažman Momirski
      Pages 45-62
    4. Jean-François Blanc
      Pages 63-77
    5. Lidia Esther Romero Martín, Antonio Ignacio Hernández Cordero, Aarón Santana Cordero, Carla Vargas Negrín, Juan Manuel Palerm Salazar
      Pages 97-118
    6. Lianet Camara, Mourik Bueno de Mesquita
      Pages 119-137
    7. José Manuel Pérez Sánchez
      Pages 159-176
  4. Towards a Multifunctional Vision of Terraced Landscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Francesco Ferrarese, Salvatore Eugenio Pappalardo, Alberto Cosner, Stefano Brugnaro, Kaodi Alum, Angelica Dal Pozzo et al.
      Pages 179-194
    3. Paolo Tarolli, Davide Rizzo, Gerardo Brancucci
      Pages 195-210
    4. Salvatore Ceccarelli
      Pages 211-224
    5. Yuanmei Jiao, Toshiya Okuro, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Luohui Liang, Xuan Gao
      Pages 225-238
    6. Ada Acovitsióti-Hameau
      Pages 239-249
    7. Biancamaria Torquati, Lucio Cecchini, Sonia Venanzi, Giulia Giacchè
      Pages 251-271
    8. Luigi Fusco Girard, Antonia Gravagnuolo, Fortuna De Rosa
      Pages 273-293

About this book


Terraced landscapes are all over the world. They are the tangible evidence of how food production, rural activities and human life can express itself in the steepest slopes of mountain areas in the world.

Despite the multi-disciplinary values that terraced landscapes represent, they were scarcely appreciated in the past decades. Indeed the interest in their wise management and broader understanding has been constantly growing since the end of the past century.

Some outstanding terraced landscapes have been recognized at international level for their importance in the UNESCO World Heritage List. However, many other terraced landscapes in the world are abandoned or facing the same risks of collapse, trivialization or destructive urbanization, losing both their valuable environmental function and their intangible knowledge and heritage.

The volume collects the best scientific contributions presented in the 3rd World Conference on Terraced Landscapes held in Italy from 6th to 15th October 2016, for the first time offering a deep and multifaceted insight into the geographic distribution and the remarkable heritage of terraced landscapes in Europe and in the world. The manifest “Terraced Landscapes: Choosing the Future” signed in Padova in 2016 by all members of the International Terraced Landscapes Alliance aims to stimulate their renaissance as a model for sustainable development.


Terraced landscapes Multifunctional agriculture Historical rural landscapes Rural geography Foodscapes

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauro Varotto
    • 1
  • Luca Bonardi
    • 2
  • Paolo Tarolli
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient WorldUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy “Piero Martinetti”University of MilanMilanItaly
  3. 3.Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and ForestryUniversity of PadovaLegnaro (PD)Italy

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title World Terraced Landscapes: History, Environment, Quality of Life
  • Editors Mauro Varotto
    Luca Bonardi
    Paolo Tarolli
  • Series Title Environmental History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Environmental History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96814-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96815-5
  • Series ISSN 2211-9019
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-9027
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 356
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 66 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agriculture
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