Evaluation of carrying capacity and territorial environmental sustainability

  • Giuseppe Ruggiero Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences (DISAAT), University of Bari, Italy.
  • Giuseppe Verdiani | giuseppeverdiani@hotmail.it Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences (DISAAT), University of Bari, Italy.
  • Stefano Dal Sasso Freelance Civil Engineer, Italy.

Abstract

Land use has a great impact on environmental quality, use of resources, state of ecosystems and socio-economic development. Land use can be considered sustainable if the environmental pressures of human activities do not exceed the ecological carrying capacity. A scientific knowledge of the capability of ecosystems to provide resources and absorb waste is a useful and innovative means of supporting territorial planning. This study examines the area of the Province of Bari to estimate the ecosystems’ carrying capacity, and compare it with the current environmental pressures exerted by human activities. The adapted methodology identified the environmentally sustainable level for one province.

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2012-09-27
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Keywords:
ecosystem capacity, environmental pressures, land use.
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How to Cite
Ruggiero, G., Verdiani, G., & Dal Sasso, S. (2012). Evaluation of carrying capacity and territorial environmental sustainability. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 43(2), e10. https://doi.org/10.4081/jae.2012.e10