Agrarian landscape along Pamisos River: beyond an ordinary narrative

A.M. Vissilia, P.M. Anagnostopoulou
This paper attempts to explore the agrarian landscape of the Messenia land along Pamisos River and narrate a landscape approach to evaluate all different aspects of the ecosystem of the region as well as the main landscape architectural components that characterize the specific landscape. It begins with background information about the location and layout of the area as well as the land settlement patterns and the environment, which are key aspects of the subsequent landscape analysis. A landscape regeneration scheme that takes into consideration the results of the landscape analysis as well as the local characteristics and needs of the area will also be investigated. The methodology followed in this paper is based on information provided from several sources, through fieldwork, analysis and mapping and then subsequently processing and synthesizing a new narrative. The study of Pamisos River and its plain advocates the need to respond to the changing societal, environmental and cultural attitudes towards the river's sceneries and the adjacent agrarian land in order to provide a framework for their management and promotion as open public spaces. Such places will increase people's awareness and perception of the natural environment as a valuable place for social and recreational activities, which are part of people's daily lives. Moreover, the physical landscape is valuable as a historical document that embodies tradition and nostalgia for past memories and experiences. It is felt that this research could contribute to a critical overview of the subject and provide a valuable framework on the enhancement of river corridors in Greece largely based on improvements in local site-specific landscaping and ecology, interlocking with contemporary land uses and attitudes.
Vissilia, A.M. and Anagnostopoulou, P.M. (2017). Agrarian landscape along Pamisos River: beyond an ordinary narrative. Acta Hortic. 1189, 151-154
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1189.30
landscape evaluation, river ecosystem, landscape enhancement, landscape, corridors, Messenia

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