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Contra Cheias e Tempestades: Consciência do território, debate parlamentar e polìticas de aguas e de florestas em Portugal, 1852-1886

Dates:
  • Fri 12 Nov 2010 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2010-11-12 15:00 2010-11-12 17:00 Europe/Paris Contra Cheias e Tempestades: Consciência do território, debate parlamentar e polìticas de aguas e de florestas em Portugal, 1852-1886

This research aims to clarify the crucial role of water and forest policies for territorial management in 19th century, both in Portugal and other European countries.
The absence of forest in the slopes eases erosion, loss of biodiversity and provokes increasing torrential flows, responsible for material and vegetative destruction. In the middle of the 19th century, torrential floods became an increasingly problem in Portugal. By then, the State was only responsible for national goods and State properties administration. The connection between forestation the control of torrential impacts would require an intervention over all property regimes.
This situation led into big controversy. Some defended that public interests should prevail over private property rights in order to prevent natural catastrophes while others refused to increase such an amount of power to the Public Administration. That would endanger the system of economic activities and citizenship freedoms, rights and warranties, granted by those prerogatives. Only by the end of the 19th century, water and forest administrative laws - covering all property regimes- were approved in Portugal - and I argue -, in France, Spain and Italy by similar reasons.

Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA DD/MM/YYYY
  Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

This research aims to clarify the crucial role of water and forest policies for territorial management in 19th century, both in Portugal and other European countries.
The absence of forest in the slopes eases erosion, loss of biodiversity and provokes increasing torrential flows, responsible for material and vegetative destruction. In the middle of the 19th century, torrential floods became an increasingly problem in Portugal. By then, the State was only responsible for national goods and State properties administration. The connection between forestation the control of torrential impacts would require an intervention over all property regimes.
This situation led into big controversy. Some defended that public interests should prevail over private property rights in order to prevent natural catastrophes while others refused to increase such an amount of power to the Public Administration. That would endanger the system of economic activities and citizenship freedoms, rights and warranties, granted by those prerogatives. Only by the end of the 19th century, water and forest administrative laws - covering all property regimes- were approved in Portugal - and I argue -, in France, Spain and Italy by similar reasons.


Location:
Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Thesis defence

Supervisor:
Prof. Bartolomé Yun Casalilla (EUI and Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla)

Examiner:
Prof. Jaime Reis (University of Lisbon)
Prof. Pedro Tavares de Almeida (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Prof. Mauro Agnoletti (Univeristà di Firenze)

Defendant:
Cristina Joanaz de Melo
 

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