We have developed a new methodology that supports decision-making during the process of urban and territorial planning. This methodology identifies the optimum areas for the ecological services in order to consider them during the urban planning process. The methodology consists on the definition of the type of land and the ecological services in each land typology. This way we will map the different evaluations in order to highlight the areas with a greater significance (better evaluated).
The methodology has been applied in the municipality of Altea in Alicante, Spain. We calculated the percentage of land that the current laws and regulation (Territorial Strategy of the Valencian Community) allows to reclassify and turn it into Rural Land. We searched ecological arguments for making decisions.
– Crop Protection Department. Technical University of Valencia
– Diego Sánchez. Geographer
– Municipality of Altea
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