Special Issue "Landscape Ecological and Social–Ecological Approaches in Agro-Ecological System"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin
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Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Interests: ecological hydrology monitoring and modeling in drainage basin; global change- land use modeling; landscape ecology; system dynamic modeling of wetlands; spatial analysis and modeling; blockchain; spatial dynamic modeling
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Li-Pei Peng
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Department of Bio-industry Communication and Development, National Taiwan University, Taiwan; Taipei Nodal Office
Interests: regional governance; agricultural development and planning; environmental and resources management; community propagation
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Dr. Wan-Yu Lien
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Department of Bio-industry Communication and Development, National Taiwan University, Taiwan; Taipei Nodal Office
Interests: water resources management; landscape ecology in land-use management and planning; ecohydrology; ecosystem services
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kuo-Tsang Huang
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Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan
Interests: green building; urban microclimate; environmental planning and architectural design; green roof; ecological engineering; building physics; environmental control systems
Dr. Melinda Fan
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Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Taiwan
Interests: agroecological system; horticulture; natural resources management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, rural areas have suffered from extreme events caused by climate change, ecologically unfriendly farming methods, and other multisource factors. Moreover, the extensive functions performed by agroecological systems, such as soil protection, carbon sequestration, climate change mitigation, as well as sustaining wildlife habitats and conserving species, are largely ignored, thus causing the instability of the agricultural environment and the loss of biodiversity. Restoring and protecting agroecological systems has therefore become a truly significant task in preserving a comprehensive and sound agroecological system surrounded by abundant crops, species, and ecosystems, and eventually leading to human well-being and health.

Ecofriendly, agroecological, and organic farming has been the major trend in the attempts to reduce existing and potential influences which do harm to the entire ecosystem services. As a result, the aim of this Special Issue is to investigate the impacts that land fragmentation and conventional and organic farming methods have on ecosystem services, with the expectation being to make efforts toward sustainable agriculture and bringing both environmental as well as socioeconomic benefits. The topics of this Special Issue include but are not limited to: (1) The impacts of farmland fragmentation on agricultural environment and its surrounding habitats; (2) the changing microclimatic phenomena; (3) hydrology and water quality in rural areas; (4) the relationship between pests and beneficial insects, as well as insect food chains in the rice paddies; (5) data from qualitative interviews of relevant stakeholders, as their opinions and perspectives are of great importance in promoting sustainable agriculture; and finally (6) promoting the Satoyama Initiative and policies, accelerating the discussion of related themes.

Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Li-Pei Peng
Dr. Wan-Yu Lien
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kuo-Tsang Huang
Dr. Melinda Fan
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Agroecological system
  • Landscape ecology
  • Satoyama Initiative and policies
  • Agriculture environment
  • Landscape change

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Fire as a Selection Agent for the Dissemination of Invasive Species: Case Study on the Evolution of Forest Coverage
Environments 2020, 7(8), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments7080057 - 31 Jul 2020
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Climate change has enhanced the occurrence of rural fires, since changes in the hydrological cycle have led to the occurrence of increasingly long and frequent periods of drought. This recurrence of rural fires in Portugal, in turn, has led to the successive elimination [...] Read more.
Climate change has enhanced the occurrence of rural fires, since changes in the hydrological cycle have led to the occurrence of increasingly long and frequent periods of drought. This recurrence of rural fires in Portugal, in turn, has led to the successive elimination of vast areas traditionally occupied by native species or species of economic interest, which are being successively replaced by new species with invasive behavior. Among these, Acacia dealbata stands out for its dispersion capacity and for the area it has already occupied. In the present work, which reviews the evolution of forest cover over the last 18,000 years in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, we intend to demonstrate that fire acts as a species selection agent and that it enhances the development of heliophile and pyrophyte species. For this purpose, an area of the municipality of Seia was selected, more specifically Casal do Rei, where the development of Acacia dealbata forests is monitored. In the end, it was concluded that, in fact, by analyzing the ages of the specimens present in these populations, fire acts as a selection agent by freeing up the space previously occupied by other species, opening the way for the growth of heliophiles and pyrophytes invasive species while enhancing their germination. Full article
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