Call for papers: Challenges and Opportunities of Global Land Restoration During the UN-Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Related GLP Member: P.C. Abhilash


Land, and its various bio-physical complexities, is an essential life-supporting system, critical for human survival and wellbeing. Unfortunately, a substantial amount of land and associated resources have undergone degradation mainly due to human activities such as urbanization, industrialization and intensive agricultural practices. Climate change is another key factor affecting the resilience of the land system. All of these multiple drivers of change are not only affecting the ecological integrity of the land but also affecting the social, economic, and cultural dimensions of human development. Hence, as envisioned by the United Nations, ‘there has never been a more urgent need to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of land worldwide than now’ to attain the targets of UN-Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) and other international initiatives such as the ‘Bonn Challenge’ and the ‘UN- Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) to restore degraded land and achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN). However, in order to fulfil these ambitions, a well-coordinated approach with strategies that operate at different scales will be essential, and must include the active support of stakeholders varying from individuals to large-scale organizations and governments. Importantly, suitable policy formulation and implementation will be key to successful land restoration worldwide, and thus for the wellbeing of both humanity and our planet. In this context, we are organizing a Special Issue in Land Degradation & Development: Challenges and Opportunities of Global Land Restoration During the UN-Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) to report the current status of land degradation and restoration across the globe, lessons learned from various nations and biogeographical locations, to formulate global action plans and showcase some of the most innovative strategies for accelerating the restoration of degraded land worldwide, to attain UN-SDGs by the year 2030.

This Special Issue aims to publish original and innovative papers as well as reviews, meta-analyses, and opinion papers on the following topics:

  • Current status and trends of land degradation across the globe/ hotspots of land degradation
  • Traditional land management practices (including indigenous and local knowledge) for enhancing resilience and system productivity
  • Adaptive and climate resilient land management practices
  • Nature-based solutions and ecosystem based approaches for enhancing system stability and land restoration
  • Participatory land governance for attaining UN-SDGs
  • Role of artificial intelligence and ICTs in land system management and halting land degradation
  • Current status/success stories of land restoration from various parts of the world/ ongoing national, regional, and international initiatives for land restoration
  • Integrated methods for the restoration of all kind of degraded land i.e. forest/riparian/ agricultural/coastal etc. and operational guidelines for restoring different types of degraded land (including marginal and wasteland)
  • Policy mechanisms for land restoration: national, regional and global status
  • Strategies for enhancing stakeholder involvement in land restoration (i.e. land restoration for supporting a bioeconomy/ biobased enterprises

Submission Instructions & Deadlines

For manuscript preparation, please follow the LDD Author Guidelines. Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging into the website and can be submitted until the deadline below. To ensure the manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important to choose the article type as “SI: UN-Decade” when submitting papers to the journal.

All papers will be peer-reviewed according to LDD peer-review protocols.

  • Submission deadline: 31 March, 2021
  • End of the first revision: 31 July, 2021
  • Final acceptance: 31 September, 2021
  • Special Issue Publication: September/October 2021
  • Expected number of papers for this SI: 20-25

Guest Editors

Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash, Banaras Hindu University, India, Email:
Sheikh Adil Edrisi, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, India, Email:
Mac Callaham Jr., Center for Forest Disturbance Science, USA, Email:
Vishal Tripathi, Banaras Hindu University, India, Email:
Jan Frouz, Charles University, Czech Republic, Email:
Ali El-Keblawy, University of Sharjah, UAE, Email:
Péter Török, University of DebrecenHungary, Email:
Ch Srinivasa Rao, National Academy of Agricultural Research & Management, India, Email 

Managing Guest Editor

Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash, Banaras Hindu University, India, Email: