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Territorial dynamics and boundary effects in a protected area of the Central Iberian Peninsula



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Heras Puñal, Paloma de las and Fernández-Sañudo, P. and López Estébanez, Nieves and Roldán, María José (2011) Territorial dynamics and boundary effects in a protected area of the Central Iberian Peninsula. Central European Journal of Geosciences, 3 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1896-1517

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We analysed the main changes in land use over a 21 year period within the perimeter of a Protected Natural Area (PNA) and outside this perimeter. The area is characterised by its Mediterranean mid-mountain landscape and its piedmont, which extends almost as far as the city of Madrid. We employed cartography of land use and plant formation from 1980 and 2001. We identified land uses and their changes in this time period in order to determine the principal territorial dynamics (scrub encroachment, urban development, forest encroachment, new pastures and new crops). Subsequently, we performed a comparative analysis between the changes inside and those outside the protected area. The results show that there is a boundary effect between the protected area and the surrounding zone, which is more notable in the areas where urban development has intensified. This kind of research serves to establish whether or not a PNA contributes to protecting and conserving natural resources as compared to what occurs in the unprotected surrounding area, which tends to be subjected to more aggressive dynamics.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Land–use change, Protected Natural Area, Mediterranean landscape, Spain
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Ecology
ID Code:56566
Deposited On:26 Jul 2019 18:23
Last Modified:26 Jul 2019 18:23

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