Special Issue "Global Challenges in the 21st Century Management of Cultural and Environmental Heritage Landscapes"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263). This special issue belongs to the section "Geoheritage, Geoparks and Geotourism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2020) | Viewed by 2910

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School of Environment, Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University, East Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
Interests: human–landscape interactions; Quaternary geology; geoarchaeology; environmental and cultural heritage management; environmental and cultural heritage places and landscapes; education; scholarship of teaching and learning
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Dear Colleagues,

Cultural and environmental heritage landscapes are tricky things. They are the spatial representations of every-day life, palimpsests of historical and cultural signs and legacies, embedded in contemporary occupied, living and working landscapes. They represent the intersection of the geosphere and the sociosphere.

Embedded in a global ethos, they still tend to reflect Western, colonial and modernist thinking. They represent conceptions of heritage and landscape from the North, imposed upon the South. They represent Western thinking about geoscience, social science and cultural studies, and thus are the articulation of Western establishment concepts and practices of time, place and space imposed upon Traditional and Indigenous societies.

As such, they present fascinating and tantalising challenges for landscape, natural resource and cultural heritage managers and planners.

This Special Issue calls for articles that explore the dilemmas inherent in the management of cultural and environmental heritage landscapes in the 21st century. The Special Issue calls for articles reflecting on the ways in which contemporary management – broadly defined – of cultural landscapes can simultaneously respect the cultural and environmental values implicit in the landscape and the people who live within that landscape, without reverting to 21st century colonialisation, displacement and continuing repression of the residents and custodians of these landscapes.

The Special Issue welcomes case studies, critical analyses and reflective essays that illustrate or explore these issues. Articles based in any of the disciplinary contexts – geoscience, social science and cultural studies – are welcomed. Articles that explore North-South tensions and Traditional or Indigenous perspectives on cultural and environmental heritage landscape management are especially welcomed.

Articles are invited from across the globe, in particular from majority world, the South, Traditional or Indigenous authors.

Prof. Dr. Bill Boyd
Guest Editor

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  • Cultural heritage landscape
  • Environmental heritage landscape
  • Living heritage
  • Geoscience
  • Social science
  • Cultural studies
  • North–South politics
  • Traditional society
  • Indigenous society
  • Heritage management
  • Landscape management
  • Protected area management
  • Social politics
  • Environmental politics

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A Network Perspective of the Ecosystem’s Health Provision Spectrum in the Tourist Trails of UNESCO Global Geoparks: Santo Sepulcro and Riacho do Meio Trails, Araripe UGG (NE of Brazil)
Geosciences 2021, 11(2), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11020061 - 30 Jan 2021
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In this investigation, we formulated the Ecosystem’s Health Provision Spectrum and its centrality indicators, based on the identification of the Ecosystem Health Potentials and Opportunities on the trails of Santo Sepulcro and Riacho do Meio in the Araripe UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG), establishing [...] Read more.
In this investigation, we formulated the Ecosystem’s Health Provision Spectrum and its centrality indicators, based on the identification of the Ecosystem Health Potentials and Opportunities on the trails of Santo Sepulcro and Riacho do Meio in the Araripe UNESCO Global Geopark (UGG), establishing a baseline for the promotion of green exercise and geotourism in the territory. Based on the network methodology for complex systems, we analyzed the closeness and strength of biotic, abiotic variables, nature phenomena, infrastructure, and sensory experiences in order to determine the configuration of these associations. In the Santo Sepulcro, regarding the association, two negative relations and two positive relations among the variables were highlighted; as for closeness and strength, Aquatic Diversity with the Scientific Values of Geodiversity stood out. In Riacho do Meio, we highlight three positive associations among the variables; as for connectivity, Biodiversity and Meteorological and Climate Exposure presented the highest values and, as for strength, the variables Biodiversity, Route Classification, and Aquatic Diversity were the most prominent. We conclude, based on the presented configuration, that the variables with greater connectivity act as hubs; if these variables are optimized, the network will present an acceptable theoretical configuration. However, neglecting central strength variables can cause the network to collapse. Full article
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