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Integrated networks. A territorial planning proposal for biodiversity conservation in urban, densely populated regions. The case of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, Spain


  • David Rodríguez-Rodríguez


Just like many other natural areas in urban, industrialised regions worldwide, the protected areas of the Autonomous Region of Madrid suffer from two main threats which can compromise long-term biodiversity conservation: land use changes towards artificial uses and massive tourism pressure. To address both threats and achieve effective sustainable development in the region, this paper proposes a GIS, ecology-driven, biodiversity-oriented model based on sound territorial planning whose underlying theory can be exported to other regions with similar characteristics. This model is based on three different protected networks with a decreasing degree of protection and an increasing degree of public use intensity, respectively. It underpins the conservation aims of protected areas, considers the importance of the territorial matrix and allows a wide range of recreational and economic uses across the territory.

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  • David Rodríguez-Rodríguez, 2012. "Integrated networks. A territorial planning proposal for biodiversity conservation in urban, densely populated regions. The case of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, Spain," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 55(5), pages 667-683, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:55:y:2012:i:5:p:667-683
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2011.620391

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    1. Clem Tisdell, 2001. "Tourism Economics, the Environment and Development," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1972.
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