Special Issue "Sustainable Landscape Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017).
Prof. Dr. Paul Opdam
Wageningen University, Land Use Planning Group and ALTERRA Research Institute, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: landscape ecology; landscape sustainability; community-based landscape planning; the influence of landscape knowledge on social-ecological networks; green infrastructure; landscape services
In this Special Issue, landscapes are considered as spatially-heterogeneous social-ecological systems that develop as the result of the interaction of landscape-ecological processes and interventions by the community of land-owners and users. These interventions aim to adapt the functioning of the natural component of the system to better fit the societal demands for social and economic value. However, landscape users vary in their perception of desired value, and in what would be the best adaptation measure and the best location to implement it, which implies a major role of negotiation in the community-process.
In this context, landscape management is sustainable if it promotes social and economic benefits from landscape services as a result of a community-wide decision-making about a desired balance of values. Sustainable landscape management is also characterized by solutions to make resource use circular, as well as by the inclusion of regulatory ecological services in production chains, such as natural pest control, water purification and health improving services.
For this Special Issue we welcome contributions about innovative interdisciplinary approaches that could support such community-based landscape governance, such as interactive valuation of actual benefits and negotiation about adaptation measures, analysis of social-ecological networks and community-based design of desired landscapes. We also welcome case studies in both urban and rural landscapes that investigate applications of such approaches, including the role of information about landscape services on the social-ecological network. Such case studies may also analyze business models for innovative sustainable landscape management solutions.
Prof. Dr. Paul Opdam
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- community-based landscape governance
- landscape stewardship
- social-ecological network dynamics
- nature-inclusive solutions
- ecosystem services
- landscape services
- collaborative landscape management
- market-based landscape management