Urban Environmental Quality and Sustainable Food Sourcing: A Spatial Approach Using Italian Provincial Data

Author/s Massimiliano Agovino, Antonio Garofalo, Angela Mariani
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2014/2 Language English
Pages 19 P. 139-157 File size 285 KB
DOI 10.3280/RISS2014-002009
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Environmental pollution affects human health and well-being, not only directly, but also indirectly due to its effects on food safety and urban and peri-urban agriculture. Proper indicators of urban environmental quality could improve the measurement of the health and well-being component of the Human Development Index. In this paper, by using the Legambiente Index and the Local Moran Transition Probability Matrix, we assess and compare the performance of Italian provinces’ in providing urban environmental quality. Results show a persistent dualism between Northern and Southern Italy and the absence of positive environmental spillover among neighboring provinces. In Southern Italy, policymakers should focus more on improving sustainable food sourcing for a more sustainable and resilient urban development.

Keywords: Environmental quality, local moran transition probability matrix, spatial statistics, Legambiente Index, spatial diffusion; Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA)

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Massimiliano Agovino, Antonio Garofalo, Angela Mariani, Urban Environmental Quality and Sustainable Food Sourcing: A Spatial Approach Using Italian Provincial Data in "RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA'" 2/2014, pp 139-157, DOI: 10.3280/RISS2014-002009