Special Issue "Sustainable Development in Natural Protected Areas"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2012).
This issue of Sustainability wants to be a scene of scientific reflection on the exemplify experience of the role of the natural spaces protected in the 21st century in the field of the conservation and of the dynamic of the local communities. Protected areas are destinations that preserve natural, cultural and historical heritage and fulfill an important social function. At the same time, some of the new uses related to recreational activities within their boundaries may represent potential threats.
Historically, when institutions declare protected areas, they usually base their decision on two main environmental objectives: the fact of the area being a representation of natural regions and cultural heritage and its function as a preserver of biodiversity and cultural diversity, protecting species and their habitats. Nowadays, it is clear that also social and economic implications have to play an important role on the sustainable management of the ecosystem dynamics and protected areas in order to make compatible the multiple land uses.
Landscapes are the expression of the natural, cultural and social history of the inhabitants of a territory. This must be born in mind at the moment of determining the sustainability of a protected area. Despite of recognize the significance of the natural values of a territory they do not have to conceal the social significance of the communities that live (i.e. indigenous population) and of the users proceeding from the urban systems.
Prof. Dr. Martí Boada
Dr. Carles Barriocanal
- Ecosystem services
- Protected areas
- Management of landscapes
- Sustainable development
- Social and economic implications