Over the centuries, different aspects of the human-natural world relationships have shaped a wide range of environments and landscapes. In the broad sense, landscapes mirror the synthesis of interactions between peoples and places, reflect circulation of knowledge and technology and materialize the development, transformation and adaptation of humans’ societies across time and space, in different geographic and cultural contexts. The result of these complex and multifaceted interconnections is the recognition of different environments and landscapes as a structural component of natural, historical, cultural and scientific heritage and a vital element in the creation of each community's identity. As such, this special issue aims to address the interaction between humans and the non-human world by bringing the broad concept of landscape into the discussion, considering that this concept also serves as a historical testimony and a fundamental source for the study of the past. This discussion can shed a light in this long-term relationship and interconnection essential in the current challenging contexts of environmental changes.
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