Special Issue "Biocultural Diversity and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2018).
Interests: biocultural diversity studies; resilience of agriculture and food systems; geographies of the Anthropocene
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Biocultural diversity is the “diversity of life in all of its manifestations: biological, cultural, and linguistic, which are interrelated (and possibly coevolved) within a complex socio-ecological adaptive system” (Maffi 2007: 269). These different types of diversity often correspond with each other and are concentrated in certain parts of the world. For example, a global analysis has suggested that Amazon Basin, Central Africa, and Melanesia are three regions of the world that are rich in biological, cultural and linguistic diversity (Loh and Harmon 2005).
At the local scale, biocultural diversity has historically originated and is maintained through a variety of nature-based indigenous cultural traditions. The cultural values of the natural environment, however, are also often embraced by non-indigenous communities promoting the conservation biocultural diversity around the world (Cocks 2006). The loss of this diversity is a global concern because the cultural practices and traditions that have historically promoted natural resource stewardship among indigenous and non-indigenous communities both have weakened in the wake of rapid modernisation and increasing planetary footprint of human activities (WWF 2016).
Simultaneously, the ethos of ‘living within one’s means’ has also gained prominence in defining the relationship of humans with the natural world. Over the last three decades, this has reflected in the wide-ranging discussions on sustainability, from the Brundtland Report (WCED 1987) to planetary boundaries (Rockström et al. 2009). Declared in 2015, the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and Targets for 2030 (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) have brought the world’s attention to the economically less-developed countries, many of which are rich in biocultural diversity but are facing its rapid depletion. How can these global goals promote the conservation of biocultural diversity, and equally, how can the conservation of biocultural diversity help in meeting these goals?
This Special Issue invites papers that help explore the challenges and opportunities in conserving biocultural diversity and in meeting UN sustainable development goals. It will add a new dimension to the discussions that are taking place at the cross-section between biocultural diversity and sustainability.
Dr. Shonil A Bhagwat
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Cocks, Michelle (2006) Biocultural Diversity: Moving Beyond the Realm of ‘Indigenous’ and ‘Local’ People. Human Ecology 34(2): 185-200.
Loh, J. and D. Harmon (2005) A global index of biocultural diversity. Ecological Indicators 5: 231–241.
Maffi, Luisa (2007) Biocultural diversity and sustainability. In Jules Pretty et al. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society, Sage, UK. p. 267-277.
Rockström, J; Steffen, WL; Noone, K; Persson, Å; Chapin III, FS; Lambin, EF; Lenton, TM; Scheffer, M; et al. (2009), "Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity" (PDF), Ecology and Society, 14 (2): 32
WCED (1987) Our common future. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development. G. H. Brundtland, (Ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
WWF. 2016. Living Planet Report 2016. Risk and resilience in a new era. WWF International, Gland, Switzerland
- biodiversity hotspots
- cultural values
- indigenous peoples
- natural resource stewardship
- social-ecological systems
- planetary boundaries
- sustainable Development Goals