The Role of Historical Rural Landscapes in Territorial Planning

  • Alberto Magnaghi
Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 1)


My hypothesis regarding the role of historical rural landscapes is simple: from a glance at the Catalogue it is apparent that the geography of historical rural landscapes, or rather their relicts (with respect to the dominant role of the agroindustry in contemporary economies) not only refers to the remains of agricultural mosaics in a few lowland areas but also to prevalently mountainous and hilly areas in which the added value of traditional products (such as wine and oil) are still competitive with intense urbanisation and agrarian industrialisation. The geography of these areas, with particular regard to polycolture, is largely composed by derelict areas. These landscapes are destined to reinforce the core areas of regional ecological networks either through desertion and subsequent spontaneous reafforestation or because it has been decided that they should be converted into protected areas. In brief it is an ecological way of “selling off” historical rural landscapes of scenic interest which could be perceived as an attempt to compensate for the environmental disasters caused by contemporary urbanisation.


Ecological Network Hydrographic Basin Landscape Quality Rural Development Programme Territorial Planning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Urbanistica e Pianificazione del Territorio, Faculty of AgricultureUniveristy of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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