Management of Natural Protected Areas Within the Romanian Cities. Case Study: Văcărești Protected Landscape and Natura 2000 Sites


The rapid pace of city expansion is drawing more and more attention to the reconsideration of interest in the city-environment-landscape nexus. Urban planning is one of the main potential tools with a considerable impact on protecting the environment and the landscape. Natural Protected Areas are among the most vulnerable areas and the impact on those in or near urban regions even higher. Natural Protected Areas within the cities may become the topic of a new ecology, but with potential significant effects in reestablishing the anthropic-nature-landscape balance. However, the effects of responsible planning can be strongly influenced by the local community and its degree of awareness and involvement during the preparation of the management plan and its implementation. This paper presents, in parallel, several case studies from Romania, i.e., Natura 2000 sites and a Protected Landscape located in urban areas with a legislative void concerning their status. Their comparison highlights the importance of site location in the conservation process and the particular role of a specific historical evolution and decryption of real and authentic values within an urban area. All these can lead to the evaluation of morpho-typologies and declaration of an urban part of the built-up area as a natural one. The final result is the identification of general urban ecological morpho-typological principles, applicable to other Natural Protected Areas within the cities, the main factors involved in the management process, and the characteristics of the legislation affecting the Natural Protected Areas.

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Atena-Ioana Gârjoabă, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania
Cerasella Crăciun, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania
Alexandru-Ionut Petrisor, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania

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Conference: ACSEE2020
Stream: Environmental Sustainability & Environmental Management: Land Use & Misuse

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