Special Issue "Multi-Criteria Analyses for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Protection: Integrative Approaches at Local, Regional and Global Scales"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity Loss & Dynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 493

Special Issue Editor

Biodiversity Chair, MED. Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, University of Évora, 7006-554 Evora, Portugal
Interests: biogeography conservation; climate change; integrative conservation; optimization; risk analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The planet is facing a multidimensional crisis. The climate is changing fast, habitats are being transformed at unprecedented rates, the extinction of species pervades and ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity are malfunctioning. In this context, the UN, national governments and policymakers at several scales are asking scientists for solutions to face and reverse such crises. Under the umbrella of the biopholio concept (Figge, 2004*), the environment is recognized as a system made of several dimensions which dynamically interact, either synergistically or antagonistically. For example, the areas that best support species’ adaptations to climate change may not precisely coincide with the areas with the highest carbon sequestration potential. Similarly, top-priority areas for ecosystem conservation may largely coincide with areas with high agriculture profit and/or other socioeconomic appeal. The complexity of such effects inhibits intuitive and simplistic approaches when looking to get the most out of each dollar spent. In particular, when targeting optimized solutions integrating the whole environmental dimensionality of the environment, multi-criteria decision making is in operation.

In this Special Issue, we intend to aggregate a set of studies that apply multi-criteria analyses for the conservation of biodiversity. Studies may reflect distinct environmental factors applied at global, regional or very local scales for conservation area identification, ecological restoration, rewilding, land-use management or ecosystem service provision.

We trust that as a collection of high-profile studies, this Special Issue may serve as a benchmark to offset conflicts and to track opportunities in environmental policies, for the sake of biodiversity, ecosystems and humanity.

Best wishes,

Dr. Diogo Alagador
Guest Editor

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  • conservation planning
  • climate change adaptation
  • climate change mitigation
  • land management

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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