Portus Delphini. Scenari e strategie per un patrimonio di valore mondiale
The Monte di Portofino Promontory is a complex area where plants from North African climates and species belonging to the Apennines live closely together; a territory in which pressure from settlements, abandonment of agriculture and consumer tourism are gradually erasing an identity rich in historical depth. The main purpose of the project here described is to enable the Mountain communities and the Park authority to develop a participated management and to choose among several opportunities, with very different consequences. As a first step the research carried out an analysis and prepared an extremely detailed map of plant associations. As a second step, analyses and field investigations were performed aimed at building a physiotope map which, together with information on land use and vegetation, defines about 150 ecotopes. The aggregation of significant ecotopes identified a cmall number of landscapes which were functionally evaluated in terms of biodiversity, regulation, habitat, production, information. The distribution and content of ecotopes, together with their evolutionary dynamics in the absence of any interference, were then assessed, finally comparing, based on indicators, the advantages and disadvantages of four strategies defined as: ‘Modern Economic Landscape’, ‘Arcadian Landscape’, ‘Natural Landscape’, ‘Rural Landscape (the latter implying a new agricultural economy).
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