Managing the Historic Settlements of the Peloponnese, Greece: A GIS Approach

  • Emmanouil Papadakis


The purpose of this paper is to examine the contemporary needs for the sustainable management of the historic settlements of the Peloponnese, in Southern Greece, as well as the ways in which the capabilities and functions offered by geographical information systems (GIS) can be implemented for optimum results. This is achieved, firstly, by addressing some theoretical and methodological issues, concerning the management of historic settlements, based on their special characteristics and international conventions and, secondly, by examining the potential of GIS to tackle different management issues, like the preservation of their architectural identity, the management of different protection zones and the protection of the surrounding natural environment. In the last part, there will be a presentation of some preliminary results, regarding the practical application of GIS in the management of the historic settlement of Leontari, focusing on the protection of the monuments, its sustainable expansion and the preservation of its vernacular character.


Historic settlements Geographical information systems Heritage management Vernacular architecture 


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  • Emmanouil Papadakis
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  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden

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