Mediterranean Island Landscapes

Natural and Cultural Approaches

  • Ioannis Vogiatzakis
  • G. Pungetti
  • A. M. Mannion

Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Nature and Culture in Mediterranean Islands

    1. Ioannis Vogiatzakis, A. M. Mannion, G. Pungetti
      Pages 3-14
    2. Ioannis Vogiatzakis, Geoffrey H. Griffiths
      Pages 61-81
    3. Thymio Papayannis, Aphrodite Sorotou
      Pages 82-99
    4. Ioannis Vogiatzakis, Thymio Papayannis, A. M. Mannion
      Pages 100-114
  3. Mediterranean Island Landscapes

    1. Gaetano Benedetto, Anna Giordano
      Pages 117-142
    2. G. Pungetti, Alberto Marini, Ioannis Vogiatzakis
      Pages 143-169
    3. Penelope Delipetrou, Jala Makhzoumi, Panayiotis Dimopoulos, Kyriakos Georghiou
      Pages 170-203
    4. Florent Mouillot, Guilhan Paradis, Marie-Cécile Andrei-Ruiz, Angélique Quilichini
      Pages 220-244
    5. Ioannis Vogiatzakis, Oliver Rackham
      Pages 245-270
    6. Miguel Morey, Maurici Ruiz-Pérez
      Pages 271-296
    7. Louis F. Cassar, Elisabeth Conrad, Patrick J. Schembri
      Pages 297-322
  4. Future Perspectives

    1. Jala Makhzoumi, G. Pungetti
      Pages 325-348
    2. Ioannis Vogiatzakis, A. M. Mannion, G. Pungetti
      Pages 349-360
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 361-370

About this book


Mediterranean islands exhibit many similarities in their biotic ecological, physical and environmental characteristics. There are also many differences in terms of their human colonization and current anthropogenic pressures. This book addresses in three sections these characteristics and examines the major environmental changes that the islands experienced during the Quaternary period. The first section provides details on natural and cultural factors which have shaped island landscapes. It describes the environmental and cultural changes of the Holocene and their effects on biota, as well as on the current human pressures that are now threats to the sustainability of the island communities. The second section focuses on the landscapes of the largest islands namely Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Cyprus, Crete, Malta and the Balearics. Each island chapter includes a special topic reflecting a particular characteristic of the island. Part three presents strategies for action towards sustainability in Mediterranean islands and concludes with a comparison between the largest islands.

Despite several published books on Mediterranean ecosystems/landscapes there is no existing book dealing with Mediterranean islands in a collective manner. Students, researchers and university lecturers in environmental science, geography, biology and ecology will find this work invaluable as a cross-disciplinary text while planners and politicians will welcome the succinct summaries as background material to planning decisions.


Environmental change Holozän Islands Landscape Nature & culture biology cultural change ecology ecosystem environment mediterranean

Editors and affiliations

  • Ioannis Vogiatzakis
    • 1
  • G. Pungetti
    • 2
  • A. M. Mannion
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Agriculture Policy and DevelopmentUniversity of ReadingUK
  2. 2.CCLP & University of CambridgeUK
  3. 3.University of ReadingUK

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