The journal Ecosystem Services has issued a call for papers for a new Special Issue on 'Mountain Landscapes: Protected Areas, Ecosystem Services, and Future Challenges' that aims to address important knowledge gaps in this area. The deadline is 30 November 2019. 

A significant proportion of the global population depends on goods and services provided by mountain regions, including fresh water, raw materials, and recreation. However, mountain regions all over the world are facing multiple challenges due to environmental and socio-economic changes, with related impacts on human livelihoods, economy, and ecosystems. This Special Issue of Ecosystem Services therefore aims to address important knowledge gaps, focusing on basic understanding of ecological functions and their drivers of change in mountain landscapes, as well as on societal trends in and outside mountain regions in order to be able to scope future challenges. A particular focus is placed on protected areas that are interested in the management and preservation of biodiversity and landscapes through scientific research, environmental education, and the promotion and development of sustainable tourism.

Contributions that address one or more of the following key questions are welcome:

  • Which current and future landscape dynamics, ecological impacts driven by global change, as well as societal trends and tendencies can be expected?
  • How will future environmental and socio-economic evolutions affect the mountain landscape and associated ecosystem services?
  • How can we scope with upcoming environmental and socio-economic challenges in mountain regions and, in particular, in protected areas?
  • Which novel indicators, methods and tools are necessary to better evaluate the services and benefits from mountain ecosystems, to understand the functioning of social-ecological systems and to assess the influence of drivers of change across spatial and temporal scales?
  • How can we stimulate the discussion for a sustainable use of the natural resources and implement sustainable solutions?

Submission deadline: 30 November 2019

Read the full call for papers here.


EDITORIAL TEAM AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Uta Schirpke, University of Innsbruck, Department of Ecology; Eurac Research, Institute for Alpine Environment, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Genxu Wang, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emilio Padoa-Schioppa, University of Milano-Bicocca, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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