Special Issue "Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity of Peri-Urban Landscapes"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst
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Institute for Geosciences and Geography, Dept. Sustainable Landscape Development, University of Halle, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
Interests: social–ecological system models; ecosystem services; impact assessment; participatory planning processes
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Dr. Marcin Spyra
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Department of Sustainable Landscape Development, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4, 06120 Halle, Germany
Interests: peri-urban landscape; governance; planning; urban open spaces; ecosystem services
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Dr. Nica Claudia Caló
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Department of Sustainable Landscape Development, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4, 06120 Halle, Germany
Interests: urban/peri-urban development; socio-economic analysis
Dr. HongMi Koo
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Department of Sustainable Landscape Development, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4, 06120 Halle, Germany
Interests: land use modeling; land use scenarios; participatory approaches; ecosystem services assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • ecosystem services
  • peri-urbanization
  • peri-urban landscapes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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