About this Research Topic
The tropical landscape is undergoing rapid transformation mainly due to intensive and extensive agriculture and industrial development. This has also contributed to the improvement of local and regional economies on the one side, but on the other, it can also cause extensive landscape degradation, particularly when affecting high risk landscapes, such as the forest and peat landscapes of the tropical zone. Landscape degradation also leads to the loss of ecosystem services. Conservation strategies should be established to preserve the landscapes which are still intact, and restoration should be pursued for those which are already degraded in order to prevent further loss of landscapes and ecosystems.
Due to the complex interplay between social and ecological variables in tropical areas, additional multidisciplinary research in tropical conservation and restoration should be developed. This could range from land sparing and land sharing concepts, to balancing landscape usage with ecosystem services, to landscape governance and land use management for conservation, restoration, and sustainability in tropical regions. This Research Topic therefore addresses conservation and restoration research in tropical landscapes including land sharing and land sparing approaches, land-use management, landscape governance for intact as well as degraded landscapes, as well as lessons-learned and models for pathways forward.
We welcome articles addressing the following areas:
• land sparing and land sharing approaches for conservation and restoration of tropical landscapes,
• socio-economic and ecological functions of the tropical landscape,
• dynamics of ecosystem services trade-offs,
• examinations of landscape governance, multifunctional landscape approaches, and transdisciplinary approaches in landscape research
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