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Landscape Strategies

  • Jala Makhzoumi
  • G. Pungetti
Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 9)

The greatest asset of the Mediterranean Islands is landscape. In its broadest definition, landscape comprises physical resources, being natural, semi-natural and human, as well as cultural resources expressed in local perceptions and identity, traditional management practices, socio-economic and political systems. Mediterranean Island landscapes encapsulate a character of place that is quintessentially Mediterranean. They are microcosms of the basin’s geomorphological, biological and cultural diversity, and equally a reflection of the historical coexistence of people and environment, as well as a reflection of insularity.

The broad, integrative understanding of landscape underpins the essence of a strategy based on both conservation and management. Accordingly, a landscape strategy acknowledges the twofold character of Mediterranean Island landscapes as (a) the context for evaluating environmental, ecological and cultural resources and (b) the framework for ensuring a sustainable future. Equally, landscape strategies become a roadmap to evaluate concerns, to recognise resource limitation and aspirations, to develop a future vision, to articulate objectives, and to propose the principles and framework for an equitable and sustainable future.

Keywords

Landscape Ecology Landscape Connectivity Ecological Network Rural Landscape Mediterranean Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jala Makhzoumi
    • 1
  • G. Pungetti
    • 2
  1. 1.Landscape Design and Eco-ManagementThe American University of BeirutLebanon
  2. 2.CCLP & University of CambridgeUK

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