Special Issue "Plant Biodiversity in Southern Africa: Status (Knowledge), Significance and Conservation Efforts"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 78
Interests: cephalopod and fish biology; systematics; fisheries; biodiversity; marine ecology
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We aim to examine the concept of biodiversity, research into it, and the application of this concept in the southern African context. We also aim to utilize resources on the ground for management and conservation purposes. The countries we are examining include Angola, Namibia, South Africa, and Mozambique. There will be a number of contributions, likely between 10 and 20.
What we know and will we ever have basic knowledge about indigenous biodiversity in the region? Assumption: indigenous (pristine) biodiversity was not seriously affected before European settlement (1652). Did we lose some species? Did the distributions change and how? Did the abundances change and how? Did the proportions (from simplest: species lists) and relations change (eg. food webs)? Did the ecosystem dynamics change? Digging into accounts left by early explorers. Main factors responsible for biodiversity changes: natural and human-related. Their description and dynamics.
History of biodiversity changes in the region: can we track main milestones and describe them in some detail? Pollution? Deforestation? Gardening trade? Pest introduction? Plantations? Again, digging a lot into the history, but also judging for a level of damage visible today.
Taking stock: how the biodiversity looks now (description and dynamics), seen from the ecosystem perspective, and from the perspective of the key components (species or groups of species). This will be a number of contributions, 10–20 to take a guess.
Ecosystems: how many, and their components. Ecosystems links. Are man-made changes and structures form part(s) of the ecosystems? Which ones are and which ones are not?
Prof. Dr. Marek Roman Lipiński
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- Southern Africa