Biocultural Landscapes

Diversity, Functions and Values

  • Sun-Kee Hong
  • Jan Bogaert
  • Qingwen Min

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Qingcheng He, Zhaolu Wu, Fengai Xu, Xianming Guo, Ziyue Zhu
    Pages 69-80
  3. Jan Bogaert, Isabelle Vranken, Marie André
    Pages 89-112
  4. Jana Špulerová, Marta Dobrovodská, Dagmar Štefunková, Andrej Bača, Juraj Lieskovský
    Pages 113-128
  5. Jae-Eun Kim, Sun-Kee Hong, Nobukazu Nakagoshi
    Pages 161-192
  6. Sun-Kee Hong, Luisa Maffi, Gonzalo Oviedo, Hiroyuki Mastuda, Jae-Eun Kim
    Pages 207-214
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 215-218

About this book


This book is devoted to the cultural and biological dimensions and values of landscapes, linking the concepts of biodiversity, landscape and culture, and presenting an essential approach for landscape analysis, interpretation and sustainable dynamics.

Early chapters explore the concepts and values of biocultural landscapes, before addressing the methodology to identify the relationship between biological and cultural diversity. The volume continuous with a series of case studies and with an exploration of the key role of biocultural diversity in contemporary landscape ecology.

Readers will learn the importance of landscapes for different fields of natural and human sciences, and are confronted to the trans-disciplinary nature of the landscape concept itself. A hierarchical approach to landscapes, in which they are composed of interacting (eco)systems, is shown to be essential in recognizing their emergent properties.

In this work, the biocultural values of landscapes are explored through their diversity in geographical scopes, methodological approaches and conceptual assumptions. Authors from Asia, Europe and North-America present diverse research experiences and views on biocultural landscapes, their pattern, conservation, and management.

Landscape ecologists will find this work particularly appealing, as well as anyone with an interest in sustainable landscape development, nature conservation or cultural heritage management.

This volume is the outcome of a symposium on “Biodiversity in Cultural Landscapes”, organized in the framework of the 8th IALE World Congress, held in Beijing in 2011.


Biocultural landscape Biodiversity conservation Conservation ecology Cultural heritage Landscape ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sun-Kee Hong
    • 1
  • Jan Bogaert
    • 2
  • Qingwen Min
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Marine and Island CulturesMokpo National UniversityMokpoKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  2. 2.Gembloux Agro-Bio TechUniversité de LiègeGemblouxBelgium
  3. 3.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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