Terraced Fields in Spain: Landscapes of Work and Beauty

  • Sabina Asins-VelisEmail author
Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 9)


The sheer diversity of approaches and the volume of scientific output underscore the growing social and policy interest in these landscapes. Recognition of their productive, environmental and cultural functions—and of the grave problems arising from their mismanagement or abandonment—shows the need to allocate resources to their study at both the national and European levels. Finally, the need for a Catalogue of European Union Terraced Landscapes is outlined as a preliminary step to considering these as EU Landscapes of Special Relevance. Such an initiative would be reinforced by activities being undertaken at the international level.


Agricultural terraces Abandonment Regional bibliography European terraced landscapes Humanities Environmental sciences Spain International terraced landscapes alliance Landscapes of special relevance European projects and policies 



We wish to congratulate the organisers of the Third World Meeting of ITLA “Terraced Landscapes: Choosing the Future” for the interesting programme and experiences they prepared. Our gratitude also to the Editors of this book for their always intense and continuous work in defence of terraced landscapes. Part of this work has been carried out under the Spanish National Project I+D+I (CGL2013-44917-R).


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  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones Sobre Desertificación-CIDECSIC, Universitat de València, Generalitat ValencianaValènciaSpain

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