Wednesday , 26 July 2017

Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Does the Ecosystem Service Concept Reach its Limits in Urban Environments?

There is a rapidly growing body of literature on the theory about the ecosystem service concept and the practical assessment of ecosystem services in different contexts ranging from natural to urban environments. Yet, where does the concept reach its limits? This paper critically reflects the application of the ecosystem service concept in urban environments illustrating the handling of urban structures …

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Ecosystem Services RESEARCH ARTICLE

Contributing to the cultural ecosystem services and human wellbeing debate: a case study application on indicators and linkages

Inadequacies in the indication of cultural ecosystem services (CES) are a hindrance in assessing their comprehensive impacts on human wellbeing. Similarly, uncertainties about the quantity and quality of CES, in real time and space, have hampered the ability of resource managers to precisely take responsive management actions. The aim of the study is to demonstrate, how CES indicators can be …

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Editorial Synthesen der Landschaftsforschung

New German Special Topic: “Synthesen der Landschaftsforschung”

Ankündigung: Ziel des neuen „Living“ Special Issue „Synthesen aus der Landschaftsforschung“ ist es, eine Brücke zwischen Forschung und Praxis zu bauen. Es soll die Möglichkeit bieten Forschungsergebnissen zusammenfassend darzustellen und fördert: Zusammenfassende deutschsprachige Veröffentlichung von Forschungsergebnissen, in einem Journal mit Impact Factor. Offener Zugang zu wissenschaftlichem Wissen und anerkannten Open Access Standard. Transdisziplinarität – Förderung der Anschlussfähigkeit von Forschungsergebnissen durch …

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IDEA

Agrosystem Services: An Additional Terminology to Better Understand Ecosystem Services Delivered by Agriculture?

To discriminate between the contributions of ecosystems and the human subsidies to agricultural systems, we propose using an additional terminology to bring clarification into the controversial discussion about i) ecosystems versus agrosystems and ii) ecosystem services versus agrosystem services. A literature review revealed that with the exception of some very recent publications, this has not yet been sufficiently reflected, neither …

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Analysing Data of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) to Detect Patterns of Agricultural Land-Use Change at Municipality Level

European landscapes have featured considerable changes towards intensification and marginalisation. These major trends are expected to continue in the future. Besides, the cultivation of bioenergy crops has become an important factor in agricultural land use. A thorough understanding of land-use processes for management purposes is needed. In this study, the spatial and temporal pattern of agricultural land use and land-use …

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Ecology, Resilience and Management RESEARCH ARTICLE

Are interest groups different in the factors determining landscape preferences?

In the last decades, rural landscape in Europe has evolved from an agricultural by-product to an important public good. This development creates not only new challenges to farming practices, it also makes participation and public involvement an indispensable tool for sustainable landscape planning. This is especially true for many European mountain regions, where tourism represents an important source of income …

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Persian Gardens: Meanings, Symbolism, and Design

Culture and identity in a society can be represented in the architecture and the meanings intertwined with it. In this sense, the architecture and design are the interface for transferring meaning and identity to the nation and future generations. Persian gardens have been evolved through the history of Persian Empire in regard to the culture and beliefs of the society. …

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Overview of Nature Protection Progress in Kosovo

This paper presents an overview of progress in the area of nature conservation in the last decade in Kosovo. Two very important laws were promulgated in 2012 about two national parks: Bjeshket e Nemuna and Sharri National park. With this expansion, the protected area network that in 2003 was about 4.36 % of the territory was increased to 10.9%, reaching …

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Comparing Conservation Value Maps and Mapping Methods in a Rural Landscape in Southern Finland

We tested to what extent conservation value maps are different if the valuation and mapping method is changed. We compared 66 different conservation value and 4 different ecosystem service maps. Using remote sensing and other georeferenced data, we produced 2 different habitat type maps, which were 50 % similar. We valued each mapped habitat type based on rarity corrected potential number of vascular …

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

The Landscape of the Dehesa in the Sierra Morena of Jaén (Spain) – the Transition from Traditional to New Land Uses

This paper tracks the evolution of the area covered by the dehesa in Sierra Morena from the mid 20th century to the present day, in an attempt to identify those areas in which traditional land uses still hold sway and others in which new land uses are appearing in relation to emerging business activities. These new uses have brought about an important transformation …

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