Ecological Civilization: Perspectives from Landscape Ecology and Landscape Sustainability Science : editorial to the special issue

Amy Frazier (Corresponding Author), Brett Bryan, Alexander Buyantuev, Liding Chen, Christian Echevarria, Peng Jia, Lumeng Liu, Qin Li, Zhiyun Ouyang, Jianguo Wu, Wei-Ning Xiang, Jun Yang, Lihua Yang, Shuqing Zhao

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Abstract

Reversing ecological degradation is critical for survival of many species but will not occur without a transformational reduction in humanity’s environmental impact. Ecological civilization is a way of approaching social and ecological reform and represents a new standard of human existence that may be sustainable well into the future. However, how to achieve ecological civilization still remains a question. Landscape sustainability science, with its theoretical basis in sustainability science and landscape ecology, offers a decisive path for achieving an ecological civilization. Three concepts integral to landscape ecology will be essential for contributing to an ecological civilization: (1) linking landscape patterns with biodiversity and ecosystem processes/function across scales, (2) measuring connectivity and flows across spatially heterogeneous systems, and (3) a systems understanding of the linkages between disturbance, resilience, and recovery. Achieving an ecological civilization is within the scope of human capability, but it will require a fundamental shift in world view and cooperation amongst all actors in the human race. A key place to start is with landscapes. This editorial provides perspectives from landscape ecology and landscape sustainability science for achieving this goal
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalLandscape ecology
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Keywords

  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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