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Special Issue "Human-Wildlife Conflict and Wildlife Conservation in Forests and Plantations"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2021) | Viewed by 5801
Special Issue Editor
Interests: animal ecology and behaviour; movement ecology; plant-animal interactions; resource selection; wildlife conservation and management
Special Issue Information
Wildlife helps to maintain forests as functional ecosystems which allow us, people, to survive, get enough food, and stay healthy. Human usage of wildlife habitat is, however, increasing and, as a consequence, people’s encounters with animals rise. Ongoing deforestation and increasing intensity of exploitation of forest natural resources mean that human–wildlife conflict (HWC) has now become one of the most pressing threats to wildlife conservation, sustainable development, and human wellbeing.
People are nevertheless prone to develop positive interactions with wildlife. There is thus a way which may lead to mutually beneficial outcomes, enhanced conservation for endangered species on one side and alternative sources of income, job opportunities ,and increased awareness for people on the other. There is enormous potential in the true challenge to turn conflicting situations into positive human–wildlife interactions (HWI).
Human–wildlife interactions have multiple dimensions and require an interdisciplinary approach to effectively mitigate the HWC, find meaningful conservation solutions, and implement functional coexistence and land-use policies where both people and wildlife are better off.
This Special Issue of Forests invites authors to submit original articles or reviews exploring edge-crossing perspectives of HWC and HWI in regard to management of forests, plantations, and conservation of wildlife. We welcome papers expanding our understanding of ecological and social drivers of HWC, what land use patterns trigger and foster non-desired wildlife behaviors, what management interventions support wildlife dispersal and reduce harmful HWI, and what local people’s perceptions and attitudes are critical for HWC solutions. We highlight connections between ecological and social systems.
Prof. Dr. Pavla Hejcmanova
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- wildlife conservation
- forest ecology and management
- landscape heterogeneity
- human-wildlife interactions
- land use policy
- conflict resolution