Land-use Planning and Environment
Cod: 22067
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Environmental Science and Technology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

This course unit introduces the fundamental concepts, tools and variables in land-use management that can be used in managing for sustainability. It also aims to show that land-use management and environment are complementary and should act simultaneously as joint actions, not interchangeable and even less antagonistic or conflicting, addressing the concept of urban metabolism and its sustainability. Special emphasis is placed on planning instruments that take the long term view to sustainability, such as, for example, Local Agenda 21, natural hazards as a key factor in the planning process and the process of public participation in land-use management.

Land-use management;
Environmental planning.

  • Capability to know the main concepts associated with land use management and planning; history and principal schools, associated methodologies and techniques.
  • Capacility to identify, apply and integrate the different land use planning tools, giving special attention to land use management and environment integration.

1. Introduction to land use management – History of land use management; Planning schools; Urban metabolism and sustainable cities.
2. Instruments of Land Use Management – National plans and policies, Regional Plans, Municipal Plans, Legal constraints (REN, RAN, Rede Natura 2000, ZPE, ZEC, easements, and other constraints);
3. Natural hazards and land use management – mass-wasting, floods, coastal dynamics;
4. Fundamental variables in land use management: biophysical and   socio-economic variables;
5. Public participation in environment and land use management.

DGOTDU (2000). Guia Europeu de Planeamento para a Agenda 21 local. Tradução e Edição portuguesa publicada por Direcção Geral de Ordenamento do Território e Desenvolvimento Urbano, Ministério do Ambiente e do Ordenamento do Território Lisboa.
Ferrão, P.; Niza, S.; Pina, A. (2013). Urban metabolism and sustainable cities. In Heitor, M.; Ferrão, P (eds). Illities and Indwelling – emerging issues in innovation, technology and policy research. A collection of selected research essays. IN+/IST. Lisboa. pp. 419-433.
Partidário, M.R. (2000). Indicadores de Qualidade do Ambiente Urbano. Direcção-Geral do Ordenamento do Território e Desenvolvimento Urbano, Lisboa.
Randolph, J. (2004) Environmental Land-Use Planning and Management. Island Press. Washington.
Readings available online at the e-learning platform.

E-learning (fully online).

Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.