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Ecological Rationality in Spatial Planning: Concepts and Tools for Sustainable Land-Use Decisions (Cities and Nature) (Hardcover)

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Spatial planning defines how men use one of the most important and scarce resources on Earth: land. Planners therefore play a key role in countering or deepening the current ecological crisis. To foster ecological transitions, planning scholars and practitioners need to be equipped with sound theories and practical tools. To this end, this book advocates a re-foundation of spatial planning under the paradigm of "ecological rationality", based on the revaluation of early pioneers of ecological planning and mutual fertilization with different disciplines, including decision-making science, ecology, (eco)system theory, land use science and political ecology.

The key principles of ecological rationality and its application to spatial planning are discussed and this conceptual framework is used to explain the main underlying drivers of ecological degradation and their spatial manifestations at the local level. Current policy instruments in the European context, which can be used to underpin ecological planning, such as Green Infrastructure and the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Service (MAES) initiative, are also examined.

About the Author

Dr. Carlo Rega has a M.Sc. in environmental engineering and a PhD in spatial planning. His research interests include spatial and land-use planning, sustainable agriculture and rural development, mapping and assessment of ecosystem services; strategic environmental assessment; spatial analysis and ecological/environmental modelling. He has been involved in different international research projects on these topics and has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has also advised public and private bodies in this field. Dr. Rega is currently a researcher at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783030330262
ISBN-10: 3030330265
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: January 17th, 2020
Pages: 198
Language: English
Series: Cities and Nature