Special Issue "Cultural Landscapes Preservation and Social–Ecological Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Geography and Social Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. María Fe Schmitz Website E-Mail
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Department of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution
Interests: socio-ecological systems; landscape and local development
Guest Editor
Dr. Cristina Herrero de Jáuregui E-Mail
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Department of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution
Phone: +34 91 3945056
Interests: socio-ecological systems, landscape and rural development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural landscapes are the result of social-ecological processes that have co-evolved throughout history, shaping high-value sustainable systems. The current processes of global change, such as agricultural intensification, rural abandonment, urban sprawl, and socio-economic dynamics, are threatening cultural landscapes worldwide. Whereas this loss is often unstoppable because of rapid and irreversible social-ecological changes, there are also examples where rationale protection measures can preserve cultural landscapes while promoting the sustainability of social-ecological systems. However, not all conservation policymaking processes consider the value of cultural landscapes, which makes their preservation even more difficult. Indeed, conservation policies focused on the wilderness paradigm are often counterproductive to conserve highly valuable cultural landscapes.

The Journal of Sustainability is hosting a Special Issue entitled “Cultural Landscapes Preservation and Social-Ecological Sustainability”. Studies are welcome that formulate innovative theoretical and methodological approaches that are focused on management strategies for preserving cultural landscapes and natural heritage. Contributions on the following themes are of particular interest, although other relevant topics will also be considered:

  • Models of cultural landscapes transitions—change trajectories of social metabolism and land use;
  • Sustainability of social-ecological and cultural tourism-based systems;
  • Social-ecological approach for the establishment and management of protected areas to preserve cultural landscapes;
  • Development of tools based on social-ecological interactions for land planning, protection, management, and decision-making of cultural landscapes;
  • Perception and valuation of cultural landscapes;
  • Ethics of preservation and conservation paradigms;
  • Resilience of cultural landscapes—tipping points and social-ecological sustainability;
  • Ecosystems services provided by cultural landscapes.

Dr. María Fe Schmitz
Dr. Cristina Herrero de Jáuregui
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Multifunctional landscapes
  • Natural and cultural heritage
  • Management of protected areas
  • Preservation of nature
  • Naturalness and culturalness
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Social-ecological resilience
  • Land-use change
  • Land intensification
  • Rural abandonment

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Research

Open AccessArticle
The Spatial Analysis and Sustainability of Rural Cultural Landscapes: Linpan Settlements in China’s Chengdu Plain
Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4431; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164431 - 16 Aug 2019
Abstract
Amid rapid urbanization and globalization, rural zones in many countries have undergone dramatic shifts. Although the future development of cultural landscapes is clear, their planning and management are uncertain. The Chengdu Plain is one of the most prosperous in China, which is home [...] Read more.
Amid rapid urbanization and globalization, rural zones in many countries have undergone dramatic shifts. Although the future development of cultural landscapes is clear, their planning and management are uncertain. The Chengdu Plain is one of the most prosperous in China, which is home to well-developed irrigation and drainage systems, with the earliest history of planting found in Sichuan Province. The Chengdu Plain’s unique farming landscape is an important human resource that represents the natural integration of the material and spiritual forms in the farming era. This study takes the unique farming settlements in Dujiangyan Irrigation District as the research object and analyzes the culture, human environment, and spatial order of the Linpan settlement based on the system theory. From the hierarchical structure of each individual Linpan settlement to the spatial layout of the Linpan community, the changes in the relationship between humans and land in the farming area are explored to explain the sustainability of the rural cultural landscape. With long-term field research, the rural geographic information database is built as a basis for the identification and classification of Linpan Cultural landscape types. The results show that between 2005−2018, the Linpan of Juyuan Town illustrated a decreasing trend, and about six Linpan settlements disappeared per square kilometer. The change in the type of Linpan landscape is spatially unbalanced, which is mainly due to the difference between regional development and residents’ needs. This study introduces the concept of “demand” and “restriction” in sustainable development to explore a future strategy of maintaining the cultural landscape, which is expected to provide a basis for future policy formulation to protect the traditional rural landscape. Full article
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