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Urban sprawl and the ‘olive’ landscape: sustainable land management for ‘crisis’ cities
- Cecchini, Massimo, Zambon, Ilaria, Pontrandolfi, Antonella, Turco, Rosario, Colantoni, Andrea, Mavrakis, Anastasios, Salvati, Luca
- GeoJournal 2019 v.84 no.1 pp. 237-255
- aesthetic value, biodiversity, cities, groves, landscapes, metropolitan areas, olives, sustainable land management, traditions, urbanization, Greece
- Dispersed urbanization has expanded into rural land worldwide. The present work focused on the Athens’ metropolitan area, the capital of Greece, discussing the potential role of a typical rural Mediterranean landscape dominated by olive groves, in urban containment and peri-urban conservation of biodiversity and local traditions. Having a great cultural, culinary and aesthetic importance, olive groves characterize Mediterranean peri-urban landscapes in a distinctive way. This study identifies processes of urban dispersion and changes in the ‘olive landscape’ in the study area, proposing new ideas for a sustainable land management in metropolitan contexts that have recently undergone processes of territorial transformation toward urban sprawl, under the effect of socioeconomic disturbances, including economic crisis.