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Title: Landscape planning to achieve sustainability : the Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl region, Mexico, case study
Author: Cháves-Cortés, Juan Manuel.
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2004
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The overall goal of this thesis is to investigate the applicability of a landscape planning methodology that is founded on an ecosystem-based approach and focused on the delineation of ecologically sensitive areas. Its design is concerned with an ecosystem-based management approach as part of a broader landscape planning process that is intended to achieve environmental sustainability objectives; the key idea is that an ecosystem/landscape scale may well be the most important for the attainment of sustainability. Considering this, this research supports the idea that the employment of a network of watershed-ecosystem units provides an appropriate framework for planning towards sustainability at the landscape scale. In addition, the design of this methodology also gives room to solve theoretical and practical problems. The main theoretical problem is related to the generation of overall schemes that are consistent with holistic-multidimensional viewpoints about patterns and processes in landscapes. On the other hand, two practical problems are also confronted: the need to employ ecological principles and spatial concepts in landscape planning and the development of strategies to define and delineate areas of interest to planners. In this research this point is focused on the delineation of ecologically sensitive areas. In order to test the application of the planning methodology to a real-life context, the Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl volcanoes National Park region of Mexico was selected. This region is recognised as a typical example of a fragile mountain region. The major contributions of the thesis are related to theoretical and practical issues in an ecosystem-based management approach. In practical terms, results derived from the practical case study provide important inputs (database, diagnosis and proposals) to improve the planning process of the Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl region. Also, this methodological approach can be useful to solve the problems linked to fragile mountain ecosystems. It is concluded that ecosystem-based management is taking shape as an ecologically well-founded potential landscape planning approach, capable of playing the role of creating more sustainable regional systems and of searching for enduring multifunctional landscapes for the future.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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