Sustainable Rangeland Management to Protect Habitat and Livelihoods
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2022) | Viewed by 15378
2. Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, 325 Learning & Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA
Interests: ecosystem services modeling and remote-sensing; landscape ecology; rangelands and working landscapes; land use change scenario assessment; spatial prioritization
Rangelands, covering up to a third of the earth’s ice-free surface, provide livelihoods and food security for 800 million people, as well as critical habitat for wildlife. If sustainably managed as coupled human–natural systems, rangelands provide win-wins for people and nature, balancing human well-being and wildlife conservation. However, many rangelands worldwide are being degraded due to overgrazing and climate change, which undermines the productivity of these systems for wildlife and livestock and increases the vulnerability of people to livelihood insecurity and poverty. Global and national efforts are underway to promote restoration of degraded rangelands, via investments in economic development, sustainable management, and social programs.
We invite papers for a Special Issue to showcase evidence of coupled social and environmental benefits from innovative management in rangelands and tested strategies for making a transition to regenerative approaches. This Special Issue seeks to move beyond theory and anecdotes toward evidence for sustainable rangeland management, in terms of what works and why. We welcome field-based experiments testing mechanisms or enabling conditions for sustainable or regenerative systems, case studies showcasing ecological and/or social outcomes of novel policy, incentive structures or other catalysts for systems change, or socio-ecological modeling testing new hypotheses or providing new techniques for monitoring and managing for sustainability.
Dr. Becky Chaplin-Kramer
Dr. Ginger Allington
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- regenerative or sustainable grazing
- combatting desertification and degradation
- climate adaptation and resilience
- sustainable development