Editorial of Special Topic – Call for papers: “Ecology, Resilience and Management of our Landscape”
Based on the IALE-D Conference, which took place in Bolzano in October 2014, the Institute for Alpine Environment of EURAC in collaboration with the IALE-D opened this call for papers related to the Conference Topic “Ecology, Resilience and Management of our Landscape”. Interesting presentations, diversified approaches as well as stimulating discussions during the conference confirmed the relevance and actuality of this topic.
Our landscape, with its diversity of flora, fauna, and ecosystems, is used by humans in multiple ways. Global changes of environmental and socio-economic conditions lead to processes such as intensification of agriculture, abandonment of marginal areas, and urbanization. This leads to a permanent transformation of the landscape and profound changes in ecosystems. To identify the capacity of ecosystems and landscapes to cope with this development depending on their history and management is an important question for the future. This includes the need to analyze mechanisms and potential of resilience but also the transformation of ecosystems and the possible influence of land use and management on these processes. Thus, in a world increasingly modified by human activities, the conservation of biodiversity is essential as insurance to maintain resilient ecosystems and ensure a sustainable flow of ecosystem goods and services to society. The concept of resilience has been used for 40 years with considerable confusion connected to its definition and usage. The definition of resilience in general and of spatial resilience in terms of pattern and processes at different scales is an interesting concept, which has to be defined better, measured and integrated within modern landscape ecology. The resilience perspective is increasingly used to understand the dynamics of social–ecological systems. This approach allows to emphasize non-linear dynamics and to describe how such dynamics interact across temporal and spatial scales. Therefore, landscape ecology should and can contribute to the sustainable management and development of landscapes.
The submission procedure for the special issue/topic has been initiated, and we look forward to receiving your interesting contributions.
Of course, this special issue is open for colleagues who did not participate at the IALE-D Annual Conference. If you are planning to write a paper, please provide a short description of your paper in order to prepare the organization of the special edition. We are looking forward to your replies and paper submissions.
The Guest Editors
Roberta Bottarin, Uta Schirpke, Ulrike Tappeiner