Special Issue "Sustainability, Biodiversity, and Conservation"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2019).
Dr. Richard A. Niesenbaum
Biology Department, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, USA
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Interests: community sustainability; sustainability education; sustainability of artisanal gold mining; urban food production; tropical forestry, social entrepreneurship; conservation, biodiveristy and rare plants; ethnobotany
Until recently, the relationship between sustainability and the conservation of biodiversity has not been well understood. In some cases, sustainability objectives have been viewed as incompatible with the priority of conserving biodiversity. There is now a growing body of evidence that the diversity of life is critical for ecosystem function and services on which humans depend, and is directly linked to the economic, social, and environmental spheres of sustainability. However, this diversity is increasingly threatened by human activities, such as urbanization, global deforestation, agricultural expansion, and climate change. As such, the UN now prioritizes the conservation of biodiversity in its SDGs, and in the UN Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want. This is because of the recognition that biodiversity loss and associated reduced capacity in the provision of ecosystem services directly impact the human condition. In this Special Issue, we will explore specific ways in which biodiversity contributes to sustainability. We will also consider how best to approach biodiversity conservation and sustainability objectives synergistically, and to pragmatically frame these priorities as mutually compatible to diverse audiences. We seek contributions that accomplish this by focusing on the connections between biodiversity and ecosystem function and services; poverty reduction; sustainable development; agriculture and resource management, urbanization, public health, climate change and other sustainability related issues.
Dr. Richard A. Niesenbaum
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- climate change
- conservation biology
- ecosystem function
- ecosystem services
- poverty reduction
- resource management
- sustainable development