Future Land Use Change Dynamics in Natural Protected Areas - Madrid Region Case Study

Marta Gallardo, Javier Martinez-Vega


Natural protected areas are declared to safeguard their environment, goods and services. However, sometimes they are affected by land use changes related to human activity, which affects their ecosystem functions and their sustainability. Problems such as fragmentation or low habitat connectivity are some of its consequences. Developing future land use scenarios is essential if a preventive approach to the management of protected areas is to be adopted. In this paper, three different land use change scenarios in natural protected areas in Madrid region are modelled: a “business as usual” scenario, an economic crisis scenario and a green scenario. All protected areas are studied, from National and Nature Parks to Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas; changes in a buffer area of 5 km around PAs are also studied. The CLUE model (based on logistic regression) is used. Biophysical, socio-economic and accessibility factors and incentives and restrictions are considered. In recent decades, the region of Madrid has experienced intense urban and infrastructure development (48,332 ha). Protected areas have been affected by this urbanization process (almost 5,000 ha) and its surroundings (30,000 ha). These findings should alert land use planners and the managers of protected areas to the potential threats.


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Gallardo M. and Martinez-Vega J. (2017). Future Land Use Change Dynamics in Natural Protected Areas - Madrid Region Case Study . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - Volume 1: GAMOLCS, ISBN 978-989-758-252-3, pages 370-377. DOI: 10.5220/0006387903700377

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author={Marta Gallardo and Javier Martinez-Vega},
title={Future Land Use Change Dynamics in Natural Protected Areas - Madrid Region Case Study},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - Volume 1: GAMOLCS,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - Volume 1: GAMOLCS,
TI - Future Land Use Change Dynamics in Natural Protected Areas - Madrid Region Case Study
SN - 978-989-758-252-3
AU - Gallardo M.
AU - Martinez-Vega J.
PY - 2017
SP - 370
EP - 377
DO - 10.5220/0006387903700377