Italian Historical Rural Landscapes

Cultural Values for the Environment and Rural Development

  • Mauro Agnoletti

Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Scientific Approaches and Research Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mauro Agnoletti, Antonio Santoro, Lorenzo Gardin
      Pages 89-130
    3. Roberta Cevasco, Diego Moreno
      Pages 141-152
    4. Tiziano Tempesta
      Pages 153-164
  3. The Landscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Diego Moreno
      Pages 167-173
    3. Roberta Cevasco
      Pages 175-198
    4. Diego Moreno
      Pages 199-219
    5. Lionella Scazzosi
      Pages 221-245
    6. Mauro Agnoletti, Rita Biasi
      Pages 247-262
    7. Claudio Lorenzini
      Pages 263-278
    8. Tiziano Tempesta
      Pages 279-298
    9. Franco Cazzola
      Pages 299-318
    10. Mauro Agnoletti
      Pages 319-341
    11. Piero Bevilacqua
      Pages 343-361
    12. Piero Bevilacqua
      Pages 363-383
    13. Piero Bevilacqua
      Pages 385-402
    14. Piero Bevilacqua
      Pages 403-418
    15. Piero Bevilacqua
      Pages 419-434
    16. Antonio Di Gennaro
      Pages 435-451
    17. Saverio Russo
      Pages 453-465
    18. Saverio Russo
      Pages 467-487
    19. Giuseppe Barbera
      Pages 489-508
    20. Giuseppe Barbera
      Pages 509-529
    21. Sandro Dettori
      Pages 531-545
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 29-29

About this book


Over the last few decades, sustainable development and rural development policies have pursued strategies where farming has often been regarded as a factor disturbing or deteriorating the ecosystem. But the current economic, social and environmental problems of the Earth probably call for a different perspective. We should look for examples of a positive integration between human society and nature, study them, and apply the lesson learnt. This research work—a preliminary study conducted in view of the compilation of a national register of historical rural landscapes and traditional practices—presents more than a hundred case studies where the historical relationships between man and nature have generated, not deterioration, but cultural, environmental, social and economic values. The project has seen the participation of 14 universities and more than 80 researchers over 3 years. The results show that it is not only the economic face of globalization that is negatively affecting the landscape, but also inappropriate environmental policies denying the importance of cultural values. Now, however, something is beginning to change at the political and operational level. The recent CBD-UNESCO joint program on biocultural diversity acknowledges the importance of cultural values in landscape preservation, as do the FAO Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems project and several projects promoted by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. In Europe, rural policies are showing a growing interest in the preservation of biodiversity and the landscape structure of a continent deeply shaped by its history and culture. The European Landscape Convention is inviting EU member states to develop specific policies in this regard, and Italy has included landscape as a strategic objective in its national plan for rural development. This research intends to support these new perspectives.


Agriculture Environmental management Forestry Landscape Landscape ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauro Agnoletti
    • 1
  1. 1.DEISTAF, University of FlorenceFirenzeItaly

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