2020: Living the territories at CoViD time (special issue)
Special issue section 1 - Epidemics, global urbanization and climate change

Mappe dei contagi e condizioni eco-territoriali

Sergio Malcevschi
Coordinamento Associazioni Tecnico-scientifiche per l’Ambiente ed il Paesaggio
Riccardo Santolini
University of Urbino, Department of Humanities
Gianmarco Paris
Polytechnic University of Milan, Department of Architecture and urban studies
Paola Pluchino
Associazione Analisti Ambientali

Published 2020-12-04


  • biogeography,
  • COVID-19,
  • epidemic risk management,
  • ecosystem services,
  • ecological networks

How to Cite

Malcevschi, S., Santolini, R., Paris, G., & Pluchino, P. (2020). Mappe dei contagi e condizioni eco-territoriali. Scienze Del Territorio, 33–41. https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-12290


The article presents the maps and data at the provincial level of COVID infections in Italy in the first phase of the epidemic (March-May 2020). The bio-geography of infections in Italy was very articulated, with a spatial imprint that was maintained in the months considered despite significant variations in the total number of infections within the period considered. In addition to a North-South macro-gradient, infra- and supra-regional territorial areas with specific characteristics have been produced. The situations less affected by the infections occurred in areas without significant metropolitan components, characterized by a more balanced relationship from an ecological and landscape point of view. Some implications for better management of future epidemic risks are discussed. The so-called ‘green deal’ development models, in addition to the new contents for economic productions, need to have greater awareness of the bio-physical risks associated with an inadequate government of the territory: it will be necessary that they concretely assign a relevant role to multi-scalars networks of ecosystems and landscapes and the resilience services they offer.


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