Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Rural Development and Protected Areas

Edited by
October 2021
268 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-2293-7 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-2294-4 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Rural Development and Protected Areas that was published in

Business & Economics
Environmental & Earth Sciences

Enhancing social and economic development while preserving nature is one of the major challenges for humankind in the current century. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment showed an alarming degradation of ecosystems and exacerbated poverty for many groups of people across the world due to unprecedented changes in ecosystems caused by human activities in the 20th century. Sustainable Rural Development is key to maintaining active local communities in rural and semi-natural areas, avoiding depopulation, and preserving high-ecological-value sites, including protected areas. Establishing protected areas is the most common strategy to preserve biodiversity around the world with the advantage of promoting the supply of ecosystem services. However, depending how it affects economic opportunities and the access to natural resources, it can either attract or repel human settlements. The convergence of development and conservation requires decision-making processes capable of aligning the needs and expectations of rural communities and the goals of biodiversity conservation. The articles compiled in this Special Issue (nine research papers and two review papers) make important contributions to this challenge from different approaches, disciplines and regions in the world.

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biking velocity and acceleration; e-mountain bikes; environmental planning and sustainability; erodibility; geo-ecosystem functioning; intrrill; rill; and gully erosion; outdoor recreation; shear stress; water overland flow; agroforestry adoption; agent-based modelling; socioecological systems; ecosystem services; sustainable rural development; climate change; Indonesia; dominant function; regional differences; rural geography; rural territorial functions; type identification; Multiple-Criteria Decision-Making; water; ecosystem services; conflicts; freshwater ecosystems; stakeholders; protected areas; cultural contact; natural atmospherics; risk perception; destination involvement; approach behaviors; Inner Mongolia; production–living–ecology integration; traditional villages; living protection; coupling coordination degree; Taihu Lake area; environmental restoration; conservation; replicability; Natura 2000 network; coastal salt flats; wetlands; dune systems, natural parks; rural development policies; SWOT analysis; mixed methods; beekeeping; honey bee; ecosystem services; climate change; co-management; protected areas; rural development; governance system; legitimacy; Vatnajökull National Park; Iceland; payment for ecosystem services; choice experiment; cattle ranching; land restoration; land tenure; Costa Rica; ecosystem services; social well-being; livelihood strategies; cultural values; community development; national park; n/a