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Special Issue "Nature Conservation in Sustainability - Series II"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 May 2023 | Viewed by 330

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kinga Kostrakiewicz-Gierałt
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Department of Tourism Geography and Ecology, Institute of Tourism, Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, University of Physical Education in Krakow, 31-571 Krakow, Poland
Interests: plant ecology; nature conservation; plant invasions; sustainable development
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Dr. Artur Pliszko
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Institute of Botany, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Krakow, Poland
Interests: biological recording of plants; plant taxonomy and ecology; invasive alien species; nature conservation
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Special Issue Information

According to the report “Our Common Future” by Harlem Brundtland (published in 1987 by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development), development should be sustainable, i.e., satisfy the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy theirs. The report pointed to the need to protect the diversity of genes, species, and all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in nature. Many credible sources confirm that this is possible, particularly via protecting the quality of the environment and via the restoration, development, and maintenance of habitats that are essential to species.

This Special Issue intends to deepen our knowledge of in situ and ex situ nature conservation and its implications for sustainability. It is devoted to a wide spectrum of organisms from microorganisms and fungi to higher plants and animals as well as to varied levels of biological organizations from individuals and populations through ecosystems and landscapes to biomes and the biosphere.

Dear Colleagues,

As nature protection is one of the main pillars of sustainable development, we are organizing a Special Issue of the open access journal Sustainability titled “Nature Conservation in Sustainability”. This Special Issue will be guest edited by Kinga Kostrakiewicz-Gierałt and Artur Pliszko. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 October 30 2021.

This Special Issue intends to deepen our knowledge of in situ and ex situ nature conservation and its implications for sustainability. It aims to provide an innovative and reliable source of scientific information for researchers, policymakers, and land managers by gathering relevant studies on various aspects of nature conservation. The Special Issue welcomes studies including original research articles, case studies, and reviews from a wide range of disciplines, including theoretical ecology, landscape ecology, restoration ecology, ecological modeling, among others, provided that there are a clear connection and immediate relevance to nature conservation. Manuscripts devoted to a wide spectrum of organisms ranging  from microorganisms and fungi to higher plants and animals as well as to varied levels of biological organization ranging from individuals and populations through ecosystems and landscapes to biomes and biosphere are welcome.

Contributors from different fields are invited to submit their articles on topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Biodiversity conservation on any spatial scale (local, regional, or global) or temporal scale;
  • Current and projected concequences of anthropogenic transformations of habitats and ecosystems;
  • Innovations and good practices in nature conservation;
  • Management of protected areas;
  • Ecological restoration.

Dr. Kinga Kostrakiewicz-Gierałt
Dr. Artur Pliszko
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • biodiversity conservation
  • ecological restoration
  • ex situ and in situ preservation
  • management of protected areas
  • red list species

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Intermediary Organizations in Nature Conservation Initiatives: The Case of the EU-Funded LIFE Programme
Sustainability 2022, 14(13), 7618; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14137618 - 22 Jun 2022
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This study was aimed to identify intermediary organizations active in nature conservation initiatives by adopting a multi-level (ML) and network governance (NG) framework and using social network analysis (SNA). We identified 256 coordinating beneficiaries and 1090 associated beneficiaries connected through 8310 project relations [...] Read more.
This study was aimed to identify intermediary organizations active in nature conservation initiatives by adopting a multi-level (ML) and network governance (NG) framework and using social network analysis (SNA). We identified 256 coordinating beneficiaries and 1090 associated beneficiaries connected through 8310 project relations and financed through the EU-funded LIFE Programme from 2014 to 2020. Our results evidence a central component of the network where organizations from Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom play a central role. In contrast, peripheral components return a framework of partnerships mainly constituted by actors of the same country (68%). Moreover, the characterization by type of actor confirms the widespread implementation of a multi-level governance approach in LIFE-Nature (NAT) projects, evidencing the significant presence of non-governmental organizations and foundations, mainly at a national level, in nature conservation initiatives. Our findings reveal that the intermediary capacity of key actors should be further reinforced, particularly toward the promotion of transnational cooperation and cross-sector alliances, by encouraging the involvement of stakeholders operating at the ground level (i.e., provincial and municipal levels). Full article
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