Authors: Jeronimo Rodriguez*, Temple University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Landscape, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Protected areas, ecosystem services, socio ecological systems, conservation, landscape, landscape metrics
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
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Biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, associated with production and consumption
patterns, are some of the most important challenges faced by humanity. Reinforced by the
increased demographic and economic pressure threatens the capacity to provide ecosystem
services that support human livelihoods at local, regional, and global level.
The protected areas approach is among the main strategies set up to cope with biodiversity loss.
Nevertheless, their effectiveness and applicability are criticized as environmental degradation
keeps occurring, their territorial scope; legitimacy and socio-economic sustainability are not
always granted and frequently ignores the role of transformed landscapes as providers of
environmental functions. Effective conservation and ecosystem service provision cannot be
granted if factors like connectivity, size, fragmentation and location are not adequately defined,
while in many cases, it has been observed that human presence is not only compatible with
conservation goals but is a necessary condition for it.
This presentation aims to include a brief review of the limitations and the challenges faced,
including concepts and analytical approaches that have been developed to understand the way
communities relate with their territories and the services they provide, and how the landscape
approach can help to overcome such limitations.