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Title: Urban-rural connections and development perspectives in Portugal
Authors: Rego, Conceição
Freire, Conceição
Ramos, Isabel Joaquina
Dionísio, Andreia
Baltazar, Maria da Saudade
Lucas, Maria Raquel
Keywords: Connections
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Publisher: ESADR
Citation: Rego, C., Freire, C., Ramos, I. J., Dionísio, A., Baltazar, M. S., & Lucas, M. R. (2016). Urban-rural connections and development perspectives in Portugal. In proceedings ESADR 2016, VIII Congresso APDEA, II Encontro Lusófono Economia, Sociologia, Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Rural, Coimbra, 7-9 Setembro (pp 1841-1861). Coimbra: Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra. ISBN: 978-972-8552-06-0
Abstract: Portugal is characterized by a significant asymmetry in the population distribution/density and economic activity as well as in social and cultural dynamics. This means very diverse landscapes, differences in regional development, sustainability and quality of life, mainly between urban and rural areas. A consequence coherent with the contemporary dynamics: urbanization of many rural areas that loose their productive-agricultural identity and, simultaneously, the reintegration in urban areas of spaces and activities with more rural characteristics. In this process of increasing complexity of organization of the landscape is essential to restore the continuum naturale (between urban and rural areas) allowing closer links to both ways of life. A strategy supported in the landscape, which plays important functions for public interest, in the cultural, social, ecological and environmental fields. At the same time, constitutes an important resource for economic activity, as underlined in the European Landscape Convention. Based on this assumption, and using a multi-method approach, the study aims to analyse a) the links between urban and rural areas in Portugal and b) the reasons why these territories are chosen by individuals as places of work and mobility, residence or evasion, culture and leisure, tranquillity or excitement – meaning overall well-being. Primary information was obtained by a questionnaire survey applied to a convenience sample of the Portuguese population. Secondary data and information will be collected on the official Portuguese Statistics (INE and PORDATA). Understanding the urban-rural links is essential to support policy measures, take advantage from the global changes and challenge many of the existing myths.
ISBN: 978-972-8552-06-0
Type: article
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