Special Issue "Land and Farming System Dynamics on the Mediterranean Basin: From Global to Local Case Studies"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marta Debolini
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Guest Editor
UMR INRA/UAPV EMMAH, Domaine St. Paul, Site Agroparc, 84914 Avignon, France
Interests: landscape agronomy; agricultural and farming system dynamics; land system science; ecosystem services; sustainable intensification; peri-urban agriculture
Dr. Maria Helena Guimaraes
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Guest Editor
ICAAM - Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas, Universidade de Évora, Pólo da Mitra, Ap. 94, 7006-554 Évora, Portugal.
Interests: environmental sciences; territorial planning; natural resource management; sustainability; systems thinking; transdisciplinary; co-construction of knowledge; participatory methodology and skilled facilitation
Dr. Elisa Marraccini
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
UP INTERACT 2018.C102 UniLaSalle, Beauvais, France
Interests: landscape agronomy; farming system dynamics; cropping/farming system design; territorial/agricultural scenario analysis; multi-criteria sustainability assessment; peri-urban agriculture; territorial projects

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Mediterranean basin has a long history of agricultural production contributing to many other ecosystem services at the same time. Mediterranean farming systems are characterized by small scales, low intensity, and high natural value systems, e.g., silvopastoralism, mixed farming, or agroforestry. Today, these systems coexist with more intensive and input-demanding ones, and are mainly located on the coastal plain where other pressures coexist, such as strong urbanization and massive tourism. In this Special Issue, we invite papers in form of case studies that present and discuss current farming system dynamics in the Mediterranean, and their impacts on farming practices, species diversity, and local food systems. Moreover, we encourage papers aimed at identifying and discussing the main drivers of territorial dynamics in these areas at different spatial scales. Case studies involving stakeholder perception of changes and their future visions for scenario analysis are welcome. The link between identified environmental patterns and the capacity of the agricultural systems to contribute to the local food system of urban areas is also of interest.

Dr. Marta Debolini
Dr. Maria Helena Guimaraes
Dr. Elisa Marraccini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Mediterranean
  • farming systems
  • land systems
  • high nature value farmland
  • stakeholders
  • scenarios
  • changes
  • intensification
  • abandonment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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.

Authors: Scorsino C., Flamain F., Debolini M.
Title: Specialization, abandonment and periurbanization trajectories on Mediterranean land systems. A participatory analysis for the case study of the Comtat Venaissin (Southern-East France).

Authors: Esgalhadoa C., Guimarães H., Homobono T.
Title: Mapping preferred trajectories of local development in Southeast Portugal.

Authors: Balzan M. V., Scalvenzi L., Grech D.
Title: Managing agroecosystem services and their drivers in the Mediterranean Basin: a literature review and future prospects.

Authors: Hervé M., Alberte C., Bondeau A. 
Title:  Good agricultural practices for biodiversity: from scientific proof to practitioners’ know-how.

Authors: Ferchichi I., Mekki I., Arfa L., Elloumi M., Lardon S. 
Title:  Actors, scales and spaces dynamics linked to groundwater resources use for agriculture production: drivers of change and future perspectives of the territory in Haouaria plain, Tunisia.

Authors: Simón-Rojo M., Couceiro A., de Benito C., Fariña J. 
Title:  Local agriculture reaction to global dynamics. The case of Vega Baja del Jarama, Madrid (Spain).

Authors: Sanz Sanz E., Yacamán Ochoa C., Arfa L., Filippini R. 
Title:  Local food sufficiency in the mediterranean basin - enabling and constraining factors.

Authors: Gennai-Schott S., Sabbatini T., Marraccini E. 
Title:  Who remains when professional farmers give up? Some insights on hobby farming in Mediterranean periurban areas.

Authors: S. Marini, T. Sabbatini, C. Moonen 
Title:  Can pollinator abundance be predicted by current and previous land uses?

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