Special Issue "Linking Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity: New Approaches for Fostering the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2022) | Viewed by 65970
Interests: food heritage; ethnobiology; ethnobotany; wild food plants; fermentations; neglected species
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Topics: Mediterranean Biodiversity
In the current Anthropocene, dominated by an unprecedented global and climate change-centered crisis, biodiversity is threatened as possibly never before during human history. However, if we want to promote and foster the truly sustainable use of natural resources, collaboration with those human communities who still retain complex conglomerates of traditional/local environmental knowledge, practices, and beliefs (LEK) could be essential. This SI will focus on the links existing between biodiversity and cultural diversity (including linguistic diversity), in order to see how these two dimensions are interconnected, if they are mutually dependent, and especially how these relationships could improve bio-conservation strategies. In fact, some data seem to show that the tremendous loss of biodiversity we have observed in recent decades parallels the loss of linguistic and cultural diversity in various areas of the globe, while biodiversity is still very rich in regions where linguistic diversity flourishes. This SI will particularly welcome contributions focusing on the mutual interdependence and threats of these diversities, their intertwined co-evolutionary mechanisms, as well as their representations in the public space, especially in educational platforms and concrete case studies, which can be considered as successful examples.
Moreover, this SI could project its relevance into both the environmental sciences and cultural heritage domains, as well as in conservation biology. The possible main topics that this SI could cover include ecology, ethnobiology, environmental humanities (especially history, cultural anthropology, and linguistics), population genetics, bio-anthropology, and environmental studies.
Prof. Dr. Andrea Pieroni
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- environmental humanities
- population genetics
- environmental studies.