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Human-Nature Interactions

Exploring Nature’s Values Across Landscapes

  • Highlights how humans value nature, the opportunities and challenges in changing socio-ecological systems

  • Provides insights into concepts and methods to study human-nature relationships, designed for a broad audience

  • Focus on integrative approaches exploring interactions across different scales, intensity levels and landscapes

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Table of contents (32 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Conceptualizing Human-Nature Interactions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Conceptualizing Human–Nature Interactions – An Overview

      • Lukas Egarter Vigl, Daniel Depellegrin, Ieva Misiune
      Pages 3-11Open Access
    3. From Human-Nature Dualism Towards More Integration in Socio-ecosystems Studies

      • Isabelle Boulangeat, Sandrine Allain, Emilie Crouzat, Sabine Girard, Céline Granjou, Clara Poirier et al.
      Pages 37-49Open Access
    4. A Network Approach to Green Infrastructure: How to Enhance Ecosystem Services Provision?

      • Andrea Staccione, Sebastian Candiago, Jaroslav Mysiak
      Pages 51-60Open Access
  3. Mountain Systems

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 71-71
    2. Values of Mountain Landscapes: Insights About the Blue Mountains National Park, Australia from Twitter

      • Catherine Pickering, Patrick Norman, Sebastian Rossi
      Pages 73-84Open Access
    3. Earth Observations of Human-Nature Interactions from a Cultural Ecosystem Service Perspective

      • Ana Sofia Vaz, Ricardo Moreno-Llorca, Cláudia Carvalho-Santos, Ana Sofia Cardoso, João P. Honrado, Javier Cabello et al.
      Pages 85-99Open Access
    4. Environmental [In]Equity: Accessibility to Green Spaces in a Rapidly Urbanizing Mountain-City

      • Sebastian D. Rossi, Adriana M. Otero, Elena Abraham, Jason Byrne
      Pages 113-125Open Access
    5. Resilience and Sustainability of the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountain System: A Case Study on the Upper uThukela Catchment

      • Neo V. Mathinya, Vincent Ralph Clark, Johan J. van Tol, Angelinus C. Franke
      Pages 155-167Open Access
    6. Invasive Alien Plants in the Montane Areas of South Africa: Impacts and Management Options

      • Kim Canavan, Susan Canavan, Vincent Ralph Clark, Onalenna Gwate, Anthony Mapaura, David M. Richardson et al.
      Pages 169-180Open Access
  4. Urban Systems

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 181-181
    2. Ecosystem Service Flows Across the Rural-Urban Spectrum

      • Amy Lewis, Katie Devenish, Rachel Dolan, Tara Garraty, Oboh Okosun, Matthew Scowen et al.
      Pages 183-193Open Access

About this book

This edited volume aims to widen the discussion about the diversity of human-nature relationships and valuation methods and to stimulate new perspective that are needed to build a more sustainable future, especially in face of ongoing socio-environmental changes. Conceptual and empirical approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies have been used to highlight the importance of an integrative understanding of socio-ecological systems, where healthy ecosystems underpin the quality of life and societal activities largely drive environmental changes.

Readers will obtain a comprehensive overview of the many and diverse ways the relationships between people and nature can be characterized. This includes understanding how people assign values to nature, discuss how human-nature interactions are shaped and provide examples of how these values and interactions can be systematically assessed across different land systems in Europe and beyond.

This open access book is produced by internationally recognized scientists in the field but written in an accessible format to be of interest to a large audience, including prospective students, lecturers, young professionals and scientists embarking to the interdisciplinary field of socio-ecological research and environmental valuation.


Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Geosciences, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Ieva Misiune

  • Landscape Analysis and Management Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Girona, Girona, Spain

    Daniel Depellegrin

  • Institute for Alpine Environment, Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

    Lukas Egarter Vigl

About the editors

Ieva Misiune is an assistant professor at the Institute of Geosciences, Department of Geography and Land management at Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania. She is a researcher with an expertise in urban ecosystem services and social-ecological systems. Her research interests relate to the demand of ecosystem services, people’s perceptions and their habits in the use of urban green spaces. Over the course of her studies and work, Ieva conducted a number of internships (Belgium, Netherlands, USA), participated in conferences and published scientific publications as well as participated in national and international research projects related to the analysis of the social-ecological systems. She is currently developing a postdoctoral project on the quality assessment of urban public green spaces and is involved in international project on citizen engagement in the planning and management of green infrastructure.

Daniel Depellegrin is currently senior researcher at the Institute of Aquatic Ecology (Ocean and Human Health Chair) of the University of Girona (Spain) and former research fellow at the University of Exeter (Renewable Energy Group, United Kingdom). His line of research spins around marine socio-ecological studies, decision support science for Maritime Spatial Planning and Ocean Multi-Use. He is author of over thirty scientific publications in the field of decision support instruments for Maritime Spatial Planning, cumulative effect assessment, marine ecosystem services assessment and artificial intelligence based geospatial modelling. Daniel has worked in various international Project Clusters in the Baltic Sea, Mediterranean and Atlantic Sea Region, among others H2020, NATO – Science for Peace & Security Programme and ERDF-INTERREG.

Lukas Egarter Vigl is a senior researcher at Institute for Alpine Environment at Eurac Research (Italy) and a lecturer in Environmental Geomatics at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). In his research Lukas explores why and how landscapes in mountains change in response to changes in management and climate, and what this means for human wellbeing and society at large. He answers these questions mainly using tools and concepts from ecology, geography, and agronomy, operating at multiple scales that range from the plot to the landscape level. Over the past 10 years, Lukas has been involved in a variety of international EU-funded projects at the human-nature interface, among other the AlpES-project (on Alpine Ecosystem Services mapping), the LUIGI-project (on Green Infrastructure and ecological connectivity) and the REBECKA-project (on climate change and land suitability). Currently, he is leading a research group that aims at better understanding the complex interactions between people and nature and at developing practical solutions to better manage our environment.

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