Measuring societal awareness of the rural agrarian landscape: indicators and scale issues
Paracchini, M.L., Capitani, C., Schmidt, A. M., Andersen, E., Wascher, D. M., Jones, P. J., Simoncini, R., Carvalho Ribeiro, S., Griffiths, G. H., Mortimer, S. R., Madeira, L., Loupa Ramos, I. and Pinto Correia, T., (2012) Measuring societal awareness of the rural agrarian landscape: indicators and scale issues. Scientific and Technical Research Series. 25192. Technical Report. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. pp130. ISBN 9789279228247
To link to this article DOI: 10.2788/81539
The work presented in this report is part of the effort to define the landscape state and diversity indicator in the frame of COM (2006) 508 “Development of agri-environmental indicators for monitoring the integration of environmental concerns into the common agricultural policy”. The Communication classifies the indicators according to their level of development, which, for the landscape indicator is “in need of substantial improvements in order to become fully operational”. For this reason a full re-definition of the indicator has been carried out, following the initial proposal presented in the frame of the IRENA operation (“Indicator Reporting on the Integration of Environmental Concerns into Agricultural Policy”). The new proposal for the landscape state and diversity indicator is structured in three components: the first concerns the degree of naturalness, the second landscape structure, the third the societal appreciation of the rural landscape. While the first two components rely on a strong bulk of existing literature, the development of the methodology has made evident the need for further analysis of the third component, which is based on a newly proposed top-down approach. This report presents an in-depth analysis of such component of the indicator, and the effort to include a social dimension in large scale landscape assessment.