Assessment of Natural Resources Use for Sustainable Development - DPSIR Framework for Case Studies in Portsmouth and Thames Gateway, U.K.

Esteves, L.S., Foord, J. and Walters, G., 2014. Assessment of Natural Resources Use for Sustainable Development - DPSIR Framework for Case Studies in Portsmouth and Thames Gateway, U.K. In: Lan, T.D., Olsson, G.A. and Alpokay, S., eds. Environmental Stresses and Resource Use in Coastal Urban and Peri-Urban Regions: DPSIR Approach to SECOA's 17 Case Studies. Rome: Sapienza Università Editrice, 235 - 282 .

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Abstract

This chapter reports on the uses of the DPSIR framework to assess the sustainability of the intertidal environments within the two UK case study areas, Portsmouth and Thames Gateway. It focuses on statutory conservation areas dominated by intertidal habitats. Two are located in Portsmouth (Portsmouth and Langstone Harbours) and four in the Thames Gateway (Benfleet Marshes, South Thames Estuary, Medway Estuary and the Swale in the Thames Gateway). Based on the reduction of a number of pressures and impacts observed in recent decades and the improvement of overall environmental quality, all six SSSIs are considered to be sustainable in the short and medium term. In the future, it is possible that the impacts of climate change, especially sea-level rise, might result in further reduction in the area and/or quality of intertidal habitats. Further integration between conservation and planning objectives (both for urban development and management of flood risk) at local level is needed to support the long-term sustainability of intertidal habitats.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:978-88-98533-23-7
Volume:6
Number:8
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:21442
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Deposited On:23 Sep 2014 09:34
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