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Convergence or divergence in desertification risk? Scale-based assessment and policy implications in a Mediterranean country

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  • Luca Salvati
  • Marco Zitti
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    This paper explores changes (1990-2000) in two environmental indexes with the aim of providing empirical evidence on regional and local convergence in an increasing-impact phenomenon such as Land Degradation (LD) in Italy. Convergence analysis for ESAI (Environmental Sensitive Area Index) and LVI (Land Vulnerability Index) was developed at five different geographical scales. Results indicate that territorial disparities in land vulnerability tend to increase during the investigated period following a defined spatial pattern that depends on land quality, the environmental context and the economic performance of regional systems. Finally, the implications this process has on policy strategies aimed at mitigating desertification risk are discussed.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

    Volume (Year): 52 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 957-971

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:52:y:2009:i:7:p:957-971

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    Keywords: desertification risk; convergence; synthetic index; homogeneous regions; southern Europe;

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    1. Esposito, Piero & Patriarca, Fabrizio & Perini, Luigi & Salvati, Luca, 2013. "Economic Convergence with Divergence in Environmental Quality? Desertification Risk and the Economic Structure of a Mediterranean Country (1960-2010)," MPRA Paper 52601, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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