© 2010

Natural Heritage from East to West

Case studies from 6 EU countries

  • Niki Evelpidou
  • Tomás Figueiredo
  • Francesco Mauro
  • Vahap Tecim
  • Andreas Vassilopoulos
  • Presents the preservation and management issues of prime importance for the current and future conservation of natural heritage sites from across Europe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Andreas Vassilopoulos, Niki Evelpidou, Konstantia Chartidou
    Pages 1-14
  3. Athanassios Katerinopoulos
    Pages 27-33
  4. Niki Evelpidou, Dimitra Leonidopoulou, Andreas Vassilopoulos
    Pages 35-42
  5. Konstantinos G. Kyriakopoulos
    Pages 59-70
  6. Antonela Neacsu
    Pages 71-77
  7. Cristian Marunteanu, Dumitru Ioane
    Pages 79-85
  8. Alexandru Szakács
    Pages 87-93
  9. Dumitru Ioane, Horea Bedelean
    Pages 95-99
  10. Cristian Marunteanu, Dumitru Ioane
    Pages 101-104
  11. Cristian Marunteanu, Dumitru Ioane
    Pages 105-109
  12. Tomás de Figueiredo
    Pages 111-118
  13. J. Castro, Tomás de Figueiredo, Felícia Fonseca, João Paulo Castro, Sílvia Nobre, Luís Carlos Pires
    Pages 119-132
  14. Eugénio Sequeira, Calos Aguiar, Carlos Meireles
    Pages 143-149
  15. Domingos Lopes, João Bento, Marco Magalhães, Pedro Ferreira
    Pages 155-162

About this book


Cumulative global transformations, occurring daily, affect important aspects of our life. Characteristic cultural and natural heritage, including sites of priceless value, is under constant threat. There are growing pressures, of both natural and human origin, such as wars, con icts, natural or technological disasters and the effects of global climate change. These provoke the continuous degradation of many sites included in the World Heritage List. In consequence, immediate strategic measures must be taken. Natural heritage is our legacy from the past, that we inherited from our ancestors and pass on to future generations. It is vital to realize its value and protect it by all possible means, enforcing innovative and sustainable action plans that promote global international co-operation. This book aims to address speci c natural heritage sites in Europe, from West to East. The six countries of study interest are Portugal, Malta, Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey. For each case, the corresponding current status is presented. This is accompanied by recommended action plans for protection and conservation, tra- ing initiatives that improve the public awareness of natural heritage issues and efforts to estimate the natural/environmental value of the sites. The book is the overall result of an interregional initiative aiming to promote convergence, provoke public interest and recommend action for radical changes in our attitude towards heritage conservation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Niki Evelpidou
    • 1
  • Tomás Figueiredo
    • 2
  • Francesco Mauro
    • 3
  • Vahap Tecim
    • 4
  • Andreas Vassilopoulos
    • 5
  1. 1.Fac. Geology & GeoenvironmentUniversity of AthensZografouGreece
  2. 2.Escola Superior AgráriaInstituto Politécnico de BragançaBragancaPortugal
  3. 3.Universitá Telematica, Guglielmo MarconiRomaItaly
  4. 4.Fac. Economics &Dokuz Eylul UniversityBuca/IzmirTurkey
  5. 5.Eastern Aegean GeoCultural ParkAthensGreece

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