About this Research Topic
Grasslands provide many ecosystem services and functions to human society (e.g. fiber, milk, meat, butter, bio-fuel, soil erosion control, and carbon storage). In most mountains and highlands of Asia, grasslands (including temperate steppes, alpine meadows, and arid desert-steppes) are the primary natural resources for wildlife and human livelihoods. However, a large proportion of grasslands in Asia have been degraded or are degrading due to climate warming and increasing population. Biodiversity loss, biomass decrease, alien invasive species, and unreasonable land use (overgrazing) have further compounded the problem. How to conserve and sustainably use grasslands has become one of the most critical issues in Asia.
The objective of this multidisciplinary Research Topic is to introduce current advances in research on grassland conservation and utilization, from manipulated experiments of climate change, dynamic grassland modeling across scales, and effectiveness of eco-economic policies on diverse climate zones and grassland types in Asia. We will mainly focus on the effects of measurements and procedures carried out in different countries on grassland management, poverty elimination, wildlife conservation, adaptation strategies to climate change, and sustainable development in the last years.
Reviews, original research, short communication, and perspective manuscripts are all welcome in this collection. Inter- and multidisciplinary research with different methods are especially encouraged.
We welcome manuscripts on the following subjects:
• Manipulated experiments of climate and human impacts on grasslands
• Human-wildlife conflicts and potential solutions in mountain grasslands
• Spatio-temporal dynamics of ecosystem structure and function in grasslands
• Interaction between adaptive management and ecosystem multifunctionality
• Sustainable livelihoods of herders underpayment for ecosystem services policies
Keywords: Adaptive Management, Grassland Dynamic, Human-Wildlife Conservation, Sustainable Livelihood, Climate Change
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