Special Issue "Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2015).
2. Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Universitaetstrasse 16, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: tropical landscapes; forestry; agroforestry; biodiversity; social and ecological systems; companion modelling; transdisciplinarity; scenarios; participatory action research
Biodiversity loss is one of the planetary boundaries that system Earth has crossed. Over the last 40 years, there is evidence that vertebrate populations have declined by half. Only in protected areas is the trend showing signs of abating. However, with roughly as much land covered by protected areas (about 12.7% of the earth land mass) as devoted to crop production (about 12%, including arable land plus permanent crops), extending the protected areas network much further appears challenging. If we are to prevent further loss of species and ecosystems, we must thus find ways to maintain and manage biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. This Special Issue of Diversity is devoted to presenting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary case studies and reports: (i) describing biodiversity patterns in agricultural landscapes in tropical and temperate systems; (ii) understanding trends in biodiversity changes, their drivers and impacts; and (iii) exploring challenges, alternatives and solutions to balance production and conservation. We particularly invite essays that critically reflect upon the link between biodiversity and the well-being of people, the role of markets, the potential of agroforestry and the practicality of sustainable intensification scenarios.
Dr. Claude A. Garcia
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- biodiversity conservation
- landscape approaches
- agricultural production
- rural livelihoods
- sustainable intensification
- ecosystem management