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Mapping of Ecological Corridors as Connections between Protected Areas: A Study Concerning Sardinia, Italy

Version 1 : Received: 4 May 2022 / Approved: 7 May 2022 / Online: 7 May 2022 (03:21:34 CEST)

How to cite: Isola, F.; Leone, F.; Zoppi, C. Mapping of Ecological Corridors as Connections between Protected Areas: A Study Concerning Sardinia, Italy. Preprints 2022, 2022050088 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0088.v1). Isola, F.; Leone, F.; Zoppi, C. Mapping of Ecological Corridors as Connections between Protected Areas: A Study Concerning Sardinia, Italy. Preprints 2022, 2022050088 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0088.v1).

Abstract

An important set of Ecosystem services (ES) provided by Green infrastructures (GI) consists of habitats and species protection and improvement, which coincides with biodiversity conservation and enhancement. From this perspective, one of the most outstanding features of GI is its attitude towards addressing the negative impacts of habitat fragmentation on the supply of ES related to biodiversity by strengthening the effectiveness of connections between protected areas. Building on a methodological approach defined in previous studies by Cannas, published in a set of articles between 2017 and 2018 [1–4], this study identifies ecological corridors (EC) with reference to the spatial layout of a set of protected areas. Moreover, such methodological approach is implemented into the context of the Sardinian region to map EC, which form, together with protected areas, a network representing the spatial framework of a regional GI. Finally, the relation between the EC and the spatial taxonomy of the landscape components featured by environmental relevance (LCFER), identified by the Regional Landscape Plan is analyzed, in order to assess if, and to what extent, the present regional spatial zoning code can be used as a basis to implement regulations aimed at protecting EC.

Keywords

ecological corridors; green infrastructure; protected areas; landscape components

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Other

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