Agricultural decline and sustainable development on mountain areas in Greece: Sustainability assessment of future scenarios

Tzanopoulos, Joseph and Kallimanis, Athanasios S. and Bella, Ioanna and Labrianidis, Lois and Sgardelis, Stefanos P. and Pantis, John D. (2011) Agricultural decline and sustainable development on mountain areas in Greece: Sustainability assessment of future scenarios. LAND USE POLICY, 28 (3). pp. 585-593. ISSN 0264-8377. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Agricultural decline may pose an important threat to mountain biodiversity but it also constitutes a driving force of socio-economic transformation. The aim of this study is to investigate the implications of alternative agricultural policy scenarios on the sustainable development of Greek mountain areas using a case study approach (Zagori region, Greece). Two agricultural policy scenarios were explored and assessed against a list of sustainability objectives. Causal relationships among drivers of changes and sustainability objectives were explored using Network Analysis. Our analysis has shown that agricultural liberalisation is expected to have devastating effects on the development of the area and it was strongly opposed as an alternative future by the local stakeholders. The analysis of the driver's causal relationship has also revealed that in order to ensure the sustainable development of the area it is necessary to sustain low input extensive farming, to promote mild tourism development and to enhance the operational efficiency of the National Park. Moreover, in order to reconcile agricultural decline, biodiversity and sustainable development, policy-management recommendations must be drawn at multiple administrative levels and complementary policy interventions within and between levels are required. It is thus, important that EU agricultural policies are complemented by national-regional interventions in order to regulate the fragile balance between agriculture and tourism. Finally, this study has shown that the combination of scenario analysis and sustainability assessment can provide an efficient tool to inform management strategies for sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Agricultural liberalisation; Network Analysis; CAP; Tourism; Participatory approaches; Drivers
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Joseph Tzanopoulos
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 21:28
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 11:06
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