HUMAN-INDUCED CHANGES IN ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN THE PETROŞANI DEPRESSION (SOUTHERN CARPATHIANS, ROMANIA)
ANDRA COSTACHE1, RĂDIŢA ALEXE1
1 The authors are with “Valahia” University of Târgovişte, Department of Geography, Str. Lt. Stancu Ion, no. 34-36A, 130105, Târgovişte, Romania (phone: 0040-245-205105; e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abstract: – The paper focuses on the changes in ecosystem services in the most important coal field from the Southern Carpathians (Romania). The time horizon considered is the interval 1950-2010, characterized by two major processes: intensive development of the mining industry (1950-1989) and subsequent restructuring of mining, with significant consequences since 1996. Socio-economic phenomena associated with these two stages in the evolution of the region have generated major changes in ecosystem services, leading to increased human vulnerability, both to extreme events (natural hazards) and pressure from economic factors.
Key-Words : ecosystem services, human impact, local development, pit coal basin.
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