In recent years many European Union countries have shown a clear intention to incorporate new forms of territorial administration and spatial planning. In different areas and spheres of government there
Figure 1. Satellite images. Differences between a) a Landsat TM image from 2005 and b) a QuickBird image from 2004 of the north of the city of Valencia. Both
Forests cover a large part of Catalonia (63%) and this means their management is critical to good spatial planning. Prescribed fires help prevent major wildfires, which have marked recent history, they also help to reintroduce a natural element in the Mediterranean forest: fire.