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The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship

By: Claudia Bieling(Editor), Tobias Plieninger(Editor)

388 pages, 79 b/w b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 16 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jun 2017 | #235361 | ISBN-13: 9781107142268
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Improving the dynamic relationship between humanity and environment is a pressing issue and landscapes embody this tight interconnectedness, serving as unique sustainability learning hubs and showcased by the rise of place-based and holistic landscape stewardship initiatives worldwide. The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship explores the principles of landscape stewardship and their application in fields such as agriculture, ecological restoration and urban green infrastructure, providing insights into the potential benefits and challenges of landscape stewardship and identifying future paths for the science and practice of landscape-related sustainability efforts. Aligning analytical and practical perspectives, this text brings together contributions from leading scholars in the field and innovative models of landscape stewardship from around the world, making it an essential resource for anyone interested in sustainable transformations of human-nature relationships.


1. The emergence of landscape stewardship in practice, policy and research

Part I. Foundations of Landscape Stewardship:
2. Ecological foundations of landscape stewardship
Case 1. The Blackwater SAMOK project – a catchment management approach
3. Human and social dimensions of landscape stewardship
Case 2. Landscape observatory of Catalonia – a holistic documentation of the landscape
4. Building partnerships for landscape stewardship
Case 3. Olive farming on Lesbos – out of social capital emerges social enterprise
5. Citizen science tools for engaging local stakeholders and promoting local and traditional knowledge in landscape stewardship
Case 4. Citizen science – harnessing the expertise of farmers to monitor biodiversity in Austrian meadows

Part II. Landscape Stewardship on the Ground: Fields of Application:
6. Organising adaptive and collaborative landscape stewardship on farmland
Case 5. Arbratatouille – a participative project updating agroforestry techniques for modern times
7. Forest landscape stewardship for functional green infrastructures in Europe's West and East: diagnosing and treating social-ecological systems
Case 6. Wild birds in traditional orchards – testing strategies for biodiversity conservation
8. The future of the past: stewardship for cultural heritage in landscapes
Case 7. The whole village project – Saxon village restoration in rural Romania
9. Landscape stewardship in wind energy conflicts: between cultural myths and interests
Case 8. The Simmern solidarity pact – reconciling income imbalances between villages
10. Synergies between tourism, outdoor recreation and landscape stewardship
Case 9. Bun Tschlin – linking identity, community and landscape
11. Managed, mended, supported: how habitat conservation and restoration function as elements of landscape stewardship
Case 10. Landowners on Læsø – a cooperative approach to landscape management
12. Stewardship in urban landscapes
Case 11. Urban green infrastructure in Vienna – nature-based solutions to enhancing quality of life
13. Landscape stewardship and hunting, angling and gathering of wild products
Case 12. ØsterGRO rooftop farm – community supported agriculture in the middle of Copenhagen
14. Marine and coastal ecosystem stewardship
Case 13. The Firth of Clyde marine spatial plan – synergies and trade-offs in a diverse coastal environment
15. Landscape stewardship for rangelands
Case 14. Herding schools in France – supporting traditional landscape management techniques in modern times

Part III. Visions toward Landscape Stewardship:
16. Bridging new sustainable development goals, global agendas and landscape stewardship: the roles of politics, ethics and sustainability practice
Case 1.: Terre de Liens – facilitating access to land for farmers into the long-term
17. How landscape stewardship emerges out of landscape planning
Case 16. The Dartmoor vision – a long-term, participatory management process on the landscape scale
18. Art and responsible landscape development: a plea for landscape art
Case 17. One hut full – a multi-sensory journey turning threatened heritage into opportunity
19. Leveraging landscape stewardship: principles and ways forward.

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Claudia Bieling is Professor for Societal Transition and Agriculture at the Universitat Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. In her research, she explores how more sustainable land-use practices may be achieved.

Tobias Plieninger is Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is interested in the study of the driving forces, processes and patterns of changes in human-shaped landscapes.

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