Peri-urban agro-ecosystems in the Mediterranean: diversity, dynamics, and drivers - INRAE - Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement Access content directly
Journal Articles Regional Environmental Change Year : 2017

Peri-urban agro-ecosystems in the Mediterranean: diversity, dynamics, and drivers

Theodosia Anthopoulou
  • Function : Author
Ouassila Benjaballah
  • Function : Author
Salah Bouchemal
  • Function : Author
Sylvie Lardon
Guilhem Mousselin


To address sustainability challenges of agroecosystems located in Mediterranean urban regions, this paper focuses on the multidisciplinary subject of urban agricultural systems. To better understand the diversity and dynamics of peri-urban agro-ecosystems and the main drivers of their sustainability, we compare six case studies located in Southern Europe (Montpellier, France; Pisa, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Athens, Greece) and the Maghreb (Constantine, Algeria; Meknes, Morocco). The research is based on fieldwork in each urban region (qualitative analysis) and literature analysis aimed to position each case study in its national and Mediterranean contexts. The comparison between local contexts indicates large discrepancies in the integration of environmental focus among the respective urban planning objectives. Generally, urbanization tends to accentuate agricultural diversity. The different forms of peri-urban agriculture evolve despite their persistent decline, and they also show a capacity to resist and even new growth in response to urban demand.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
2017_Soulard_et al_Regional_environmental_change.pdf (433 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin Files produced by the author(s)

Dates and versions

halshs-01467557 , version 1 (30-11-2022)



Christophe-Toussaint Soulard, Elodie Valette, Coline Perrin, Patricia Abrantes, Theodosia Anthopoulou, et al.. Peri-urban agro-ecosystems in the Mediterranean: diversity, dynamics, and drivers. Regional Environmental Change, 2017, 18 (3), pp.651-662. ⟨10.1007/s10113-017-1102-z⟩. ⟨halshs-01467557⟩
458 View
51 Download



Gmail Mastodon Facebook X LinkedIn More