Special Issue "Biodiversity and Protected Areas"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: biodiversity conservation; protected area system design; conservation biology; landscape ecology; road ecology; indigenous perspectives; environmental justice
Interests: biodiversity; landscape-scale conservation planning; wetland landscapes; habitat connectivity
Protected areas are key to biodiversity conservation. While the value of protected areas is generally undisputed, challenges remain. Many areas designated as protected were created for objectives other than biodiversity conservation, and those uses can conflict with biodiversity conservation. Protected area legal status is in many cases impermanent. Protected areas are generally too small, isolated and few to conserve biodiversity on their own, and thus there are calls for connected conservation areas between them, and for their integration into broader landscapes and seascapes . There is general consensus that the current global suite of protected areas is insufficient to protect biodiversity. Although there is no precise prescription for how much is enough, systematic conservation planning studies have indicated that 25–75% of a region is required to capture key elements of biodiversity . Studies that address range shifts and movement pathways in response to climate change reveal even more extensive area and connectivity requirements. These and other insights have contributed to recent calls for ‘half Earth’ . There is increasing recognition that not all of the area required to maintain biodiversity is likely to be accommodated within protected areas. Other effective area-based measures, connectivity, and management of private lands offer potential complements to protected areas, but may also compete for scarce resources. Increased focus on framing biodiversity and protected area values in terms of ecosystem services and human well-being may not always lead to biodiversity conservation, particularly if narrowly focused on goods and services. There is increasing acknowledgement of the imperative to engage Indigenous communities and recognize their rights to self-governance, territorial lands and resources, including biodiversity and protected areas. These and other emergent issues demand transformed approaches to biodiversity and protected areas, which engage diverse communities and boundary spanning collaborations, and may require new conceptual framings.
This Special Issue seeks to assemble papers that explore these and other emerging issues around biodiversity and protected areas. We are seeking papers that examine approaches that show promise or demonstrate success as potential new models and applications that support progress on biodiversity conservation and protected areas in an increasingly challenging and complex context. Papers will be considered from all regions of the world. Our ultimate goal is to identify new ways of moving forward in a context of increasing urgency.
- United Nations. Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 including Aichi Biodiversity Targets. 2010. Available online: https://www.cbd.int/sp/.
- Noss, R.F.; Cooperrider, A. Saving Nature's Legacy: Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity; Island Press: Washington, DC, USA, 1994.
- Wilson, E.O. Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life; WW Norton & Company: New York, NY, USA, 2016.
Prof. Robert Baldwin
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- biodiversity conservation
- systematic conservation planning
- protected areas
- connectivity conservation
- climate change
- ecosystem services
- Indigenous community conservation areas