Special Issue "Biodiversity in Locally Managed Lands"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2016)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Sayer
Prof. Chris Margules
Center for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, PO Box 6811 Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia and Research Center for Climate Change, University of Indonesia, Kota Depok, Java Barat 16424, Indonesia
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Interests: integrated social-ecological systems; conservation and development trade-offs; systematic conservation planning; landscape ecology
The “landscape Approach” is widely promoted as a way to reconcile biodiversity conservation with both commercial agriculture and local peoples’ demands for land [1,2]. Landscape approaches imply a strong role for local communities in decision making and, therefore, local citizen science plays a role in determining landscape outcomes (Sayer et al., under review). Many claims and counter claims are made about the success and failure of local management in achieving good forest outcomes. There is significant uncertainty about the incentives for local people to manage forests for their global carbon storage and biodiversity values. Local people may be more concerned about immediate economic returns and less about the long term global environmental values of their forests .
This Special Issue seeks to assemble papers that provide empirical evidence for the success of landscape and community managed initiatives to conserve biodiversity. We are seeking papers that report upon successful biodiversity conservation projects that have operated at a landscape scale and those that have been led by local communities. We are also interested in cases where these approaches were attempted but were less successful. Our ultimate goals is to identify the conditions under which these approaches have succeeded and those where they have been less successful.
Papers will be considered from all regions of the world, but we are especially interested in studies from tropical developing countries. Tropical countries are at present experiencing a surge of attempts to place forests under local management and to attempt landscape approaches to addressing some of the challenges. We seek to document these trends and learn the lessons of their successes and failures.
- Milder, J.C.; Buck, L.E.; DeClerck, F.; Scherr, S.J. Landscape approaches to achieving food production, natural resource conservation, and the millennium development goals. In Integrating ecology and poverty reduction, Springer: 2012; pp 77-108.
- Sayer, J.; Sunderland, T.; Ghazoul, J.; Pfund, J.-L.; Sheil, D.; Meijaard, E.; Venter, M.; Boedhihartono, A.K.; Day, M.; Garcia, C. Ten principles for a landscape approach to reconciling agriculture, conservation, and other competing land uses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2013, 110, 8349-8356.
- Sayer, J.; Elliott, C.; Barrow, E.; Gretzinger, S.; Maginnis, S.; McShane, T.; Shepherd, G.; Colfer, C.; Capistrano, D. Implications for biodiversity conservation of decentralized forest resources management. Politics of Decentralization: Forests, People and Power 2005, 121-137.
Prof. Dr. Jeff Sayer
Prof. Chris Margules
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