Dr. András Báldi, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Dr. David Vačkář, Global Change Research Centre Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Charles University Environment Center
Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries represent region with dynamic and diverse natural and socioeconomic conditions. This region plays an important role in European biodiversity conservation and developing multiple management approaches to ecosystems and ecosystem services.
CEE countries experienced profound political changes resulting from the collapse of communism and the accession of some CEE states to the European Union. All these changes brought impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem management and governance in these states. This thematic issue will document and evaluate the impacts relating to political, governance and socioeconomic changes in the region on biodiversity and ecosystems. Moreover, this thematic issue aims to assess risks and opportunities to achieve biodiversity conservation and sustainable ecosystem services supplies in the region with the consideration of global changes.
The purpose of this thematic issue is to bring together high-quality and original contributions/research articles on the biodiversity and ecosystem management approaches in CEE countries. Particularly, the articles should:
(i) Present state and trends in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in CEEC and document changes during the transformation, using integrated assessment, modeling or indicator approaches;
(ii) Evaluate the impacts of political and socioeconomic changes on biodiversity and ecosystems;
(iii) Assess different approaches to the management of biodiversity and ecosystems, especially in the context of socioeconomic transitions;
(iv) Report current biodiversity and ecosystem governance systems in CEE countries.
(v) Present risks and opportunities for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management in CEE region.