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Special Issue "Agriculture, Landscape, Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: New Challenges for Sustainable Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Department of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: landscape ecology; social-ecological resilience; biodiversity conservation; spatial analysis; agricultural landscape
Department of Agri-Food Chain Economics, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA), 18080 Granada, Spain
Interests: landscape and ecosystem services valuation, multifunctionality of agriculture; sustainable rural development; sustainable agri-food value chain and labels; new consumers/social demands and concerns; sustainable tourism
The future of agriculture and rural areas, and its role in sustainable development, is a topic of ongoing social, political, and scientific debate. Greater public concern with the importance of avoiding environmental problems related with farming activities, and the need for maintaining rural communities have probably been the main driving forces in this matter. Therefore, agriculture is, not only considered a provider of food and fibers, but there is also a growing social concern regarding its environmental, social, and territorial dimensions. Rural area multifunctionality arises as a future path for farming systems with an emphasis on the production of appropriate market goods and non-market or public goods and ecosystem services that are increasingly demanded by the public. Among the public goods provided by farming systems, we should consider how they have shaped the landscape. Indeed, the advance of the agricultural frontier has replaced a wide variety of natural ecosystems and shaped diverse agricultural landscapes in rural spaces. Replacements of natural systems using farming systems and the configuration of heterogeneous agricultural landscapes were modifying the function, and consequently the structure of agroecosystems worldwide, and therefore sustainable provision for society, in terms of quantity and quality, of all these goods and services. This situation has created tensions between the conservation of natural ecosystems, biodiversity, food production, human well-being and economic profitability. In this context, a new analytical framework is needed for designing agricultural, environmental, and rural development policies to promote sustainability and to maximize social welfare. For this Special Issue, we welcome conceptual and empirical studies to provide possible solutions that minimize the adverse effects of this conflicting situation, and, eventually, to mitigate the potential effects of climate change. Specifically, we welcome papers focused on, or dealing with, the topics listed in the keywords.
Prof. Dr. Alejandro Rescia
Dr. Samir Sayadi
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- Rural landscapes and agriculture multifunctionality
- Landscape and ecosystem services assessment
- Social-ecological and spatial resilience
- Spatial planning, agricultural management and sustainable development
- Conservation biological control and landscape context
- Agro-environmental and sustainability indicators
- Sustainable agri-food value chain and labels
- Dynamic models and social-ecological scenario planning of agricultural landscapes
- Agricultural landscape heterogeneity for production and conservation
- Bio-economy and circular economy