Biogeografía y aprovechamiento de la flora autóctona valenciana. El caso de las plantas aromáticas, medicinales y condimentarias
The proposed hypothesis is as follows: The native flora allows several possibilities of exploitation as a resource, both quantitatively (economy) and qualitatively (ecology-landscape) speaking. However, could this mean a development engine able to speed up rural areas as well as inland areas or mountainous land of the valencian territory? The course of this research permits the deduction of a whole series of partial conclusions, which can be summarized as follows: - The valencian plant life owns a high degree of ecodiversity and biodiversity, which are being threatened by homogenization processes. - The historical forest exploitation has appeared varied and complementary. Nevertheless, at the present moment, the forest, considered as a resource, exchanges its economic role for another one of social and environmental character. - The exploitation of aromatic plants, as one of the most used for cultivation, shows a dramatic increase due to criteria such as versatility, complementarity and sustainability. - The study of cultural connotations favoured by the use of the flora supports the fact that natural ruchness becomes cultural richness through folklore, celebrations, gastronomy, the legacy of the plant names, perceptive scope, etc. - Neo-ruralism encourages the use of activities regarding the flora as a means of development of the less favoured areas by combining both, innovation and tradition. All this brings us to state the following final conclusion: The exploitation of the native flora starting from the different initiatives that this one can provide, (overcoming purely agricultural approaches or forest exploitation approaches), can even promote the dynamism of inland and mountainous areas of the valencian territory, together with a number of initiatives in different fields such as tourism, provided that they are all integrated in a model of sustainable development, preferably articulated through a Local XXI Agenda.
Advisor:Dupré Ollivier, Michèle
School:Universitat de València
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:10/24/2002