Special Issue "Towards the Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
Interests: social-ecological systems; multi-scale processes in landscape ecology; integrated land-use planning
Interests: integrated land-use planning; participatory planning; impact assessment
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Interests: multi-agent simulation; conceptional modelling; partial order; complexity; savanna ecosystems
Interests: Natural Resources Management, Integrated River Basin Management, Scale-appropriate Modelling, Multi-objective Optimization, Trade-Offs, Synergies, Ecosystem Serives, Sustainability, Hydrology, Soil Erosion
The understanding of how to implement sustainable land management in the context of social–ecological systems is essential to ensure healthy ecosystems. Despite significant progress in characterizing coupled human–nature interactions, the impact of management practices at different scales is still poorly understood. While management decisions are related to individual experiences, desires or abilities, decision-making is nested within hierarchical structures, such as farming and forestry, regional planning or policy making. This creates conflicts between socio-cultural, political-economic and environmental goals leading to high risks for soil degradation, crop reduction and livestock productivity and restricting future demand for water provision or land conversation.
Recent advances in modelling techniques have led to address multi-scale processes that drive social-ecological systems. This indicates a cornerstone for analyzing the impacts of management decisions on ecosystem services as spatially explicit information is fundamental to avoid spatial discrepancies in ecosystem services provision or management induced disservices. However, existing modelling approaches differ significantly in their intention, scale, scope, drivers and the involvement of stakeholders.
In this Special Issue we aim at investigating: (1) how the concept of social-ecological systems can be better exploited to simulate and assess the impacts of management, planning and governance decisions at multiple scales, (2) what kind of integrated models are most appropriate to bridge scales between local needs and global changes, and (3) which analytical approaches are useful to address human-environmental interactions along transects in systems that stretch from urban to peri-urban, as well as rural environments. We intend to showcase particularly the benefits of transdisciplinary approaches that connect modelling techniques with local knowledge. Encouraged are contributions focusing on methodological and technical advances in data exploitation to proxy human-environmental interactions or processes. This also includes papers that take into account innovative indicators for tipping-points in the sustainable management of social-ecological systems.Mr. Martin Schultze
Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst
Mrs. Ulfia A. Lenfers
Prof. Dr. Martin Volk
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