Special Issue "Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability—Current Challenges and Opportunities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jasmin Mantilla-Contreras
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Department of Biology, University of Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Germany
Interests: biodiversity conservation; vegetation ecology; plant–animal interaction; nature conservation; restoration ecology; ecosystem management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biodiversity continues to decline, and the main drivers of biodiversity loss continue to increase. The unsustainable use of natural resources has led to an alarming rate of habitat loss. Climate change, invasive species, and pollution pose additional threats to global species richness. New and adapted conservation concepts are needed to protect and conserve biodiversity in the long run. These concepts must include ecological, social, and economic aspects. With this Special Issue we invite articles that focus on new aspects of biodiversity conservation. Contributions to this Special Issue should help to improve our knowledge on conservation concepts. Articles are welcome that focus on terrestrial and marine ecosystems; single and multiple species; global, regional, and local conservation strategies; or on ecological, social, and/or economic aspects of biodiversity conservation.

Contributions to this Special Issue are expected to focus on:

  • Human influence on biodiversity and challenges for biodiversity conservation;
  • Sustainable land use and biodiversity conservation;
  • Conservation challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives;
  • Incorporation of ecological, social, and economic aspects into conservation planning;
  • Implementation of conservation measures and examination of the weaknesses of management approaches;
  • Conservation priorities and locally adapted concepts;
  • The role of ecosystem restoration for biodiversity conservation;
  • Bottom-up approaches and community-led management.

Prof. Jasmin Mantilla-Contreras
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • biodiversity conservation
  • biodiversity loss
  • sustainable land use
  • conservation priorities
  • community conservation
  • ecosystem restoration
  • bottom-up approaches
  • natural resource use
  • multiple conservation perspectives

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Factors Affecting Residents’ Support for Protected Area Designation
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2800; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072800 - 01 Apr 2020
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This study examined the formation of residents’ behavioral intentions to support the expansion of protected areas (PAs). A structural equation model combining the theory of planned behavior and an expectancy disconfirmation model were employed to test seven hypotheses on the influence of expectations, [...] Read more.
This study examined the formation of residents’ behavioral intentions to support the expansion of protected areas (PAs). A structural equation model combining the theory of planned behavior and an expectancy disconfirmation model were employed to test seven hypotheses on the influence of expectations, performance, satisfaction, attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control on behavioral intention to support PA designation. The findings indicate that although the expectations of PA performance did not significantly influence the satisfaction from PAs, the perceived performance after the designation significantly contributed to building satisfaction, which in turn had a significant role in explaining attitudes. Furthermore, positive and significant associations of subjective norms and behavioral control with behavioral intention to support additional designation were identified. These results provide indications for PA managers and environmental agencies regarding aspects to consider when engaging in planning with local communities and appropriate ways to respond to their concerns. Full article
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Biosphere Reserves’ Management Effectiveness—A Systematic Literature Review and a Research Agenda
Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5497; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145497 - 08 Jul 2020
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Research about biosphere reserves’ management effectiveness can contribute to better understanding of the existing gap between the biosphere reserve concept and its implementation. However, there is a limited understanding about where and how research about biosphere reserves’ management effectiveness has been conducted, what [...] Read more.
Research about biosphere reserves’ management effectiveness can contribute to better understanding of the existing gap between the biosphere reserve concept and its implementation. However, there is a limited understanding about where and how research about biosphere reserves’ management effectiveness has been conducted, what topics are investigated, and which are the main findings. This study addresses these gaps in the field, building on a systematic literature review of scientific papers. To this end, we investigated characteristics of publications, scope, status and location of biosphere reserves, research methods and management effectiveness. The results indicate that research is conceptually and methodologically diverse, but unevenly distributed. Three groups of papers associated with different goals of biosphere reserves were identified: capacity building, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. In general, each group is associated with different methodological approaches and different regions of the world. The results indicate the importance of scale dynamics and trade-offs between goals, which are advanced as important leverage points for the success of biosphere reserves. Building on the gaps identified in the literature, a research agenda is proposed, focusing on the need to investigate mechanisms for holistic research, outcomes and trade-offs, transformations for social-ecological fit and institutions for integrated management across scales. Full article
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