Multifunctional Agroecosystems in Mediterranean Landscapes
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 May 2022) | Viewed by 970
Interests: agroecology; biological control; ecosystem services; nature-based solutions; pollination
The agroecosystems forming part of the Mediterranean region, including small-scale terraced fields, agroforestry systems, and high-nature-value farmland, but also more conventional arable and perennial crop production systems, can be considered as social-ecological systems that provide multiple ecological functions and contribute to the region’s rich biodiversity. These social-ecological systems are impacted by drivers acting from global (e.g., climate change) to local scales (e.g., urbanisation, abandonment, or intensification of agricultural practices), leading to a reduction in ecosystem service capacities at regional scales. However, studies that assess the multifunctionality of agroecosystems, and the multiple values attributed to agroecosystem services, remain limited, creating challenges to understand and predict the impacts arising from the complex suite of drivers acting on Mediterranean landscapes.
The Special Issue on “Multifunctional Agroecosystems in Mediterranean Landscapes” focuses on the assessment of agroecosystem services and associated benefits, identification of trade-offs and synergies arising from the management of agroecosystems, and the assessment of the impact of local and landscape factors on agroecosystems and co-benefits to biodiversity and people. We invite authors to contribute to these themes and to evaluate how the management of Mediterranean landscapes impacts on the multifunctionality of agroecosystems.Dr. Mario V Balzan
Dr. Anna-Camilla Moonen
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- Climate resilience
- Ecosystem services
- Spatial heterogeneity
- Landscape ecology