Special Issue "Plant Diversity in Pastoral Rangelands"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2023 | Viewed by 1092
Interests: pastoralism; rangeland ecology
Interests: herbivore ecology; vegetation; pastoralist socio-ecosystems
Interests: landscape ecology; rangeland restoration; biodiversity monitoring & assessment
Rangelands occupy 54% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface and do not only comprise grasslands, but also include different landscapes such as savannahs, shrublands, wetlands, drylands, alpine vegetation, etc. Given this understanding, plant diversity within the different types of rangelands is expected to vary. Rangelands have been used and managed by pastoralists around the world for millennia, and many of these landscapes remain rich in plant diversity, vegetation types and habitats. Plants provide numerous ecosystem services to pastoralists, such as forage for livestock, medicinal plants, wild foods, construction materials and shade. The use of indigenous knowledge to monitor vegetation and pastoral practices, such as livestock mobility and herding, could have positive impacts on plant diversity. However, there are various pressures on rangelands from climate change and other forms of land use such as cultivation, that could negatively affect the plant diversity in pastoral rangelands. There are also case studies where poor land use planning, policies and management result in negative impacts on plant diversity. Considering these few factors and many others, it is evident that there are numerous drivers of plant diversity in rangelands. However, there is a lack of critical knowledge on the drivers and parameters of plant diversity and distribution contained in pastoral rangelands.
This Special Issue aims to elucidate the response mechanism of plant diversity and other vegetation parameters to pastoral activities in rangeland systems. Submitted articles should include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- The effects of land use and different grazing intensities on plant diversity and distribution.
- The interactive effects of pastoral management, invasive plants and plant dynamics.
- The response of vegetation to livestock management as a tool for restoration.
- Plant diversity in agrosilvopastoral systems.
- Vegetation characteristics along environmental gradients in pastoral systems.
- Climate, pastoralism and plant diversity.
- Modeling future plant diversity distributions in pastoral systems.
- Indigenous knowledge on plant diversity.
- The conservation of vegetation in pastoral rangelands.
Dr. Mogamat Igshaan Samuels
Dr. Pablo Manzano
Dr. Mounir Louhaichi
Dr. Matthew Luizza
Manuscript Submission Information
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- plant diversity
- ecosystem services