How can landscape ecology contribute to sustainability science?

Paul Opdam*, Sandra Luque, Joan Nassauer, Peter H. Verburg, Jianguo Wu

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While landscape ecology is distinct from sustainability science, landscape ecologists have expressed their ambitions to help society advance sustainability of landscapes. In this context Wu (2013) coined the concept of landscape sustainability science. In August of 2017 we joined the 5th forum of landscape sustainability science in Beijing (see To inspire landscape ecologists in developing research for a more sustainable future, we highlight some of the key points raised there. We emphasize challenges that have been identified in sustainability science that we consider particularly relevant for landscape sustainability. Then we describe how landscape ecology could enrich sustainability science. Finally, we propose five topics for landscape ecology research to advance landscape sustainability science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalLandscape Ecology
Issue number1
Early online date15 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


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