Landscape Ecology

, Volume 24, Issue 8, pp 989–992 | Cite as

The ecology and culture of landscape sustainability: emerging knowledge and innovation in landscape research and practice

  • Laura R. MusacchioEmail author

Origins of the special issue

As Naveh (2007) points out, only a few countries in the world have fully recognized the potential of the landscape perspective as the most suitable for sustainable development. I organized this special issue to help address this gap that Naveh and many landscape researchers and practitioners have identified about the importance of the holistic landscape perspective and integrative approaches in the debate about sustainable development and sustainable transitions (e.g., Naveh 1995, 2000, 2001, 2007; Hobbs 1997; Li 2000; Palang et al. 2000; Barrett 2001; Fry 2001; Tress and Tress 2001; Tress et al. 2001; Wu and Hobbs 2002; Musacchio and Wu 2004; Musacchio et al. 2005; Wu 2006, 2008; Musacchio 2008, 2009a, 2009b; Tress et al. 2009). I selected the title about ecology and culture of landscape sustainability because it embodies the need to holistically integrate the best of what is known from landscape research and practice to benefit human health, ecosystem...


Sustainability Science Sustainable Transition Landscape Research Landscape Sustainability Future Landscape 
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This special issue was inspired by a half-day symposium held at the 2007 World Congress of Landscape Ecology in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and Jianguo Wu and I appreciate the organizers who helped to make it possible. I want to thank all of the landscape researchers who participated in the symposium and this special issue as well as the reviewers who provided help during the publication process. I am indebted to their efforts to make this special issue possible and especially to Jianguo Wu. In addition, this effort was made possible by my Dayton Hudson Fellowship and an international travel grant from the University of Minnesota.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Landscape Architecture, Conservation Biology, Urban and Regional Planning, and Water Resources Science ProgramsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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