Agroforestry Systems for Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land Systems and Global Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 319

Special Issue Editors

Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI), University of Florence, via San Bonaventura 13, 50145 Florence, Italy
Interests: cultural landscape; agroforestry; sustainable forest management; agricultural heritage; agrobiodiversity
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Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI), University of Florence, Via San Bonaventura 13, 50145 Florence, Italy
Interests: agroforestry; cultural landscape; landscape changes; forest; spatial analyses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agroforestry systems are recognized as being of fundamental importance for the wide range of ecosystem services they are able to provide to rural communities all over the world. One of the most important roles of Agroforestry Systems is linked to the creation and preservation of different habitats and microhabitats, as the result of the continuous application of traditional human practices, representing refuge areas, nesting areas, food reservoirs, or ecological networks for different species. In addition, these systems have often contributed to the creation of unique cultural landscapes.

In the last century, the intensification of agricultural practices and, on the other side, their abandonment in marginal rural areas, have led to the decrease of traditional Agroforestry Systems in many regions of the world, with negative consequences for the associated biodiversity and cultural landscapes.

The aim of the Special Issue is to collect papers dealing with biodiversity and landscape assessments, conservation and planning, in areas characterized by the presence of Agroforestry Systems, in particular in those areas affected by the abandonment of traditional practices.

All research articles dealing with Agroforestry Systems are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Biodiversity assessment and conservation;
  • Landscape planning and/or monitoring;
  • Landscape analyses through GIS software with innovative methodologies;
  • Land use/cover changes mapping;
  • Landscape perception;
  • Experiences of public participation for territorial management and planning.

Dr. Antonio Santoro
Guest Editor

Francesco Piras
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • agroforestry systems
  • biodiversity
  • cultural landscape
  • landscape conservation
  • agricultural heritage

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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