Special Issue "Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity of Peri-Urban Landscapes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.
Interests: social–ecological system models; ecosystem services; impact assessment; participatory planning processes at urban and landscape scales; climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies; biodiversity trends and governance
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Interests: urban/peri-urban development; socio-economic analysis
Currently, more than 50% of the global population live in cities, a percentage that is estimated to reach 68% by 2050 (UN, 2018). Urban transitions often take place beyond the urban administrative boundaries of the cities, extend across whole regions. This fosters the emergence of transitional peri-urban landscapes (PULs) represented by a mixture of diverse land uses/covers, diminishing agricultural or forest characteristics, and increasing urban peculiarities.
The dynamic urbanization and peri-urbanization processes are endangering the sustainability of PULs. In many cases, the policies implemented in PUL and peri-urban project development come at the expense of nature, significantly affecting most of its main functions. This is particularly evident in contexts where the level of biodiversity is still relevant, and it can play a vital role in changing natural ecosystems. In particular, the biodiversity of PULs is becoming endangered due to the dynamic investments taking part in different parts of PULs. At the same time, because of the increasing number of peri-urban inhabitants, PULs are being characterized by a rising demand for various types of ecosystem services (ES), while ES-providing areas in PULs are diminishing. This situation is fostering ES and biodiversity trade-offs and causing a gap between ES demand and provision. Different ES deficit areas emerge constantly in PULs. ES and biodiversity are two components of peri-urbanization process that need to be carefully investigated.
For this Special Issue of Land, we invite authors to submit theoretical considerations and descriptions of practical case studies concerning ES and the biodiversity of PULs.
Specifically, we welcome papers discussing the following topics:
- Assessment and valuation methods of ES in PULs;
- ES and biodiversity trade-offs in PULs;
- Methods to delimitate ES benefitting and providing areas in the extend of PUL;
- Gaps between demand and provision of ES in PULs;
- ES deficit areas in PULs.
Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst
Dr. Marcin Spyra
Dr. Nica Claudia Caló
Dr. HongMi Koo
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- ecosystem services
- peri-urban landscapes
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Ecosystem services from peri-urban landscapes and their contribution for sustainable development goals
Authors: Daniel Rozas-Vásquez; Nica Claudia Caló; Marcin Spyra; Sebastian Molina
Affiliation: 1. Laboratorio de Planificación Territorial, Facultad de Recursos Naturales, Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Rudecindo Ortega, 02950 Temuco, Chile 2. Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany 3. Carrera de Geografía, Facultad de Recursos Naturales, Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Rudecindo Ortega, 02950 Temuco, Chile
Abstract: Peri-urban landscapes (PULs) are transition zones that connect cities with rural space. These landscapes present an important role in responding to the urban demand for diverse ecosystem services (e.g., food, recreation, climate regulation), which support development and well-being. Expanding the understanding of the impacts of policy actions on the supply of ecosystem services and how they might contribute to the achievement of a range of sustainable development goals (SDG), is a key aspect, especially for spatial planning research. The aim of this article is to explore the links between the provision of ES from PULs and how they provide support to different SDG from a global perspective. For this, we implemented a literature review based on a framework oriented to identify the most relevant ES provided by PULs at the global level, how they support the achievement of different SDG and the type of actors involved and policy interventions aimed to increase the supply of ES. The results are expected to offer valuable information related to the role of PULs as a key zone of demand and supply of ES for both rural and urban areas in order to enhance decision-making in spatial planning.