Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 185–201 | Cite as

Coastal scenery and litter impacts at Alicante (SE Spain): management issues

  • F. Asensio-Montesinos
  • G. AnfusoEmail author
  • H. Corbí


Coastal scenery value was evaluated at 56 locations along the 244 km long coast of Alicante (western Mediterranean) according to the methodology of Ergin et al. Area 36(4):367–386, (2004) based on the evaluation of 26 physical and anthropogenic parameters. Selected areas covered remote (10), rural (9), village (15) and urban (22) bathing areas. The scenery Decision Value parameter (D), allowed to classify the investigated sites into 5 classes, from Class I (extremely attractive/natural sites) to Class V (very unattractive/urbanized sites): 2 sites belonged to Class I, 6 to Class II, 14 to Class III, 20 to Class IV and 14 to Class V. Litter presence was assessed at the same sites using the EA/NALG (2000) methodology, which allowed to classify each site in four grades: A: very good (40 sites); B: good (14); C: fair (1) and D: poor (1). In urban sites litter was composed by small items related to land-based sources and beach use while litter in natural sites was related to marine-based sources, essentially fishing. The sector analysis methodology highlighted as most sites (33 out of 56) showed contradictory characteristics for litter/scenic grades/beach awards presence. To improve scenic value, different actions have to be carried out according to the site typology. At many urban sites, actuations should be focused to the removing or reducing of beach utilities and unnecessary infrastructures. At rural and remote areas, is mandatory to carry out specific litter management plans to reduce litter presence.


Litter Beach management Coastal landscape Mediterranean Costa Blanca 



This research was partially supported by the project GRE14-05 (University of Alicante). This work is a contribution to the Andalusia PAI Research Group RNM-328 and to the RED PROPLAYAS network.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y AmbientalesUniversidad de CádizCádizSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra y Medio AmbienteUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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