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Landscape Assessment and Monitoring

  • Attilia Peano
  • Claudia Cassatella
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Abstract

What is the purpose of landscape indicators? Can we “measure” the quality of landscape? And if landscape as a whole is impossible to assess from a holistic point of view, can we break it down into simpler elements to analyse and monitor? These questions are becoming more and more pressing, as a result of two concomitant movements: the development of landscape policies, encouraged by public opinion, and the spread of the culture of assessment in all fields of public policies and in particular in territorial government. In Europe, these dynamics are well represented by two international regulations: the European Landscape Convention (CoE 2000) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive (2001/42/EC), regulating any plan or programme affecting the environment. The European Structural Funds, and in particular EEC Agricultural policy are also subject to intense activity of assessment and monitoring , in relation to the environment and landscape (cf. the Common Monitoring Evaluation Framework ). This volume is dedicated to indicators that can be used to monitor policies, plans and programmes that have an impact on landscape, with particular focus on town planning schemes, territorial and landscape plans, which have a more direct effect on land use.

Keywords

Landscape assessment Landscape monitoring Landscape indicators 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento Interateneo TerritorioPolitecnico ed Università di TorinoTorinoItaly

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