Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 184, Issue 2, pp 831–843 | Cite as

The role of environmental and socio-demographic indicators in the analysis of land use changes in a protected area of the Natura 2000 Network: the case study of Lake Trasimeno, Umbria, Central Italy

  • Mara Bodesmo
  • Luca Pacicco
  • Bruno Romano
  • Aldo Ranfa


This article sets out to analyse how and to what degree land use is linked to the physical characteristics of the territory itself, and the way in which changes in land use are determined by agricultural and socio-demographic dynamics. The study was conducted within the territorial boundaries of five municipalities surrounding Lake Trasimeno and refers to the periods 1977–2000 for land use and 1971–2001 for socio-demography data. The use of environmental, social, economic and agricultural indicators demonstrates how a mix of various indicators are useful for monitoring the changes which took place. It also shows the powerful influence that socio-demographic factors exert upon land use and landscape change.


Landscape changes Environmental and socio-demographic indicators Protected area Natura 2000 Network 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mara Bodesmo
    • 1
  • Luca Pacicco
    • 2
  • Bruno Romano
    • 1
  • Aldo Ranfa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Biology, Applied and Environmental Botany SectionUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Men and Territory, Agricultural and Forestry Land Planning SectionUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly

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