Integrating Agroecology and Conservation for Sustainable Local Transformation
A special issue of Conservation (ISSN 2673-7159).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 5114
Interests: conservation and productive restoration in the Araucária forest; agroecology and agroforestry
2. Department of History, Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Ponta Grossa 84030-900, Brazil
Interests: food systems; agroecological production; traditional erva-mate production systems; agricultural heritage system
Against a backdrop of intertwined crises, including poverty, food insecurity, biodiversity loss, pandemics, and climate change, small-scale farming communities around the world, who often bear the brunt of restrictive measures to curb deforestation and ecosystem degradation, are finding ways to resist the lock-ins of the industrialized food system and enact alternatives that foster economic viability, ecological regeneration and conservation, and social justice. While there are many avenues for such efforts to take, one framework that offers significant promise and has been gaining increased traction in recent years is that of agroecology. Although agroecology has a long history, particularly in Latin America and other parts of the Global South, it has become increasingly recognized on a global scale, for example by the FAO (2018, 2019), High Level Panel of Experts (2019), and the Committee on World Food Security (2020). With its emphasis on farmer-led innovation, closed-loop systems and knowledge-intensive (as opposed to input-intensive) practices, and general socio-ecological resilience, it offers opportunities to support the conservation of important agro and forest ecosystems on a local scale. The COVID-19 pandemic and current climate crises of drought and wildfires have highlighted the many weaknesses of our food and forest systems, as well as the particular vulnerabilities of smallholder farming communities. Thus, the relevance of agroecology has only increased. This Special Issue will include a range of case studies from both the Global South and North that consider the importance of integrating agroecological approaches with forest and agrobiodiversity conservation as a means to mitigate future uncertainties related to climate shocks; pandemics; natural disasters; and their disruption to forest, food, and agricultural systems.
Dr. André Eduardo Biscaia Lacerda
Dr. Evelyn Roberta Nimmo
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- ecosystem degradation
- ecological regeneration and conservation
- agroecological approaches
- forest and agrobiodiversity conservation
- agro and forest ecosystems
- socio-ecological resilience
- smallholder farming
- food and agricultural systems