Special Issue "Sustainability in Conservation Biology"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability, Biodiversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Emilio Padoa-Schioppa
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milano 20126, Italy
Interests: ecology; biogeography; landscape ecology; Anthropocene; conservation biology; ecosystem services; landscape and habitat monitoring and classification
Dr. Raoul Manenti
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Guest Editor
Department of Environental Science and Policy, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria, 26 20133, Milano, Italy
Interests: zoology; herpetology; cave biology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Among the different socio-economic, scientific and integrated approaches toward a sustainable development, preservation and management of biodiversity is one of the less considered in scientific journals devoted to a broad readership. With this Special Issue, we want to provide an updated picture of the current challenges involving conservation biology, management and sustainability. 

This Special Issue will comprise papers covering a wide range of aspects related to wildlife conservation and sustainability. In particular, we would like to highlight papers that cover successful histories in conservation that directly benefit local human populations. Papers addressing the positive impact of the establishment of protected areas, a reinforcement or a reintroduction of an endangered population, or some aspects of environmental education are especially welcome. We aim to cover examples from different regions of the world and from different anthromes. Integrating the concept of sustainability into conservation biology also means that we will welcome papers discussing the increase of ecosystem services due to conservation programs. Papers selected will offer examples of good practices in conservation actions (including land and aquatic ecosystems maintenance and biodiversity preservation) and in planning conservation programs.

Dr. Emilio Padoa-Schioppa
Dr. Raoul Manenti
Guest Editors

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  • biodiversity (or wildlife) conservation
  • reintroduction and reinforcement
  • protected areas
  • national parks
  • ecosystem services
  • local communities
  • environmental education

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A New Long-Term Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Program for the Knowledge and Management in Marine Protected Areas of the Mexican Caribbean
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7814; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187814 - 22 Sep 2020
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In the Mexican Caribbean, 15 marine protected areas (MPAs) have been established for managing and protecting marine ecosystems. These MPAs receive high anthropogenic pressure from coastal development, tourism, and fishing, all in synergy with climate change. To contribute to the MPAs’ effectiveness, it [...] Read more.
In the Mexican Caribbean, 15 marine protected areas (MPAs) have been established for managing and protecting marine ecosystems. These MPAs receive high anthropogenic pressure from coastal development, tourism, and fishing, all in synergy with climate change. To contribute to the MPAs’ effectiveness, it is necessary to provide a long-term observation system of the condition of marine ecosystems and species. Our study proposes the establishment of a new marine biodiversity monitoring program (MBMP) focusing on three MPAs of the Mexican Caribbean. Five conservation objects (COs) were defined (coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, marine turtles, and sharks-rays) for their ecological relevance and the pressures they are facing. Coral reef, seagrass and mangroves have multiple biological, biogeochemical and physical interactions. Marine turtles are listed as endangered species, and the status of their populations is unknown in the marine area of the MPAs. Elasmobranchs play a key role as top and medium predators, and their populations have been poorly studied. Indicators were proposed for monitoring each CO. As a technological innovation, all information obtained from the MBMP will be uploaded to the Coastal Marine Information and Analysis System (SIMAR), a public, user-friendly and interactive web platform that allows for automatic data management and processing. Full article
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