Invitation to contribute for the 'Land' Special Issue "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs"

Related GLP Member: P.C. Abhilash

Special Issue: "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs"
Journal: "Land", MDPI
Date: 31 December, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that we are editing a special issue on "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs" in accordance of the UN-International Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). 

The submission deadline for this Special issue is 31 December, 2019. 

Please find below the list of keywords/topics for this special issue and you could see that we are covering all aspects of land degradation and restoration including technological, ecological, economic, social and policy aspects. 

In view of your expertise in the proposed area, it is our great pleasure and honour to invite you to contribute a review/ research/ short communication/ essay/ project report etc. for this Special issue. Please be ensured a speedy processing and top priority for all types of submission. 

You are requested to use the enclosed Microsoft Word template to prepare your article. Also, the flyer of this special issue is enclosed for your kind reference. Please feel free to forward this call for papers to your friend and colleagues. 

We look forward to receive your valuable contribution.

Special Issue Information

Land is a complex and dynamic bio-physical system that maintains essential planetary functions and vital ecosystem services such as biodiversity maintenance, water and nutrient cycling, climate regulation, food, fibre and fuel production, as well as providing space for human habitation and other development activities. Unfortunately, land degradation due to various direct and indirect drivers (i.e. industrialization, rapid urbanization, intensive agricultural activities, climatic change, etc.) are negatively affecting the homeostasis of land systems and thereby  reducing the ecosystem services offered by land for a good quality of life and human well-being. Hence the sustainable management of land resources is imperative for attaining various Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs), which are the blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all, and addressing the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Fortunately, there is a growing momentum for the restoration of degraded land across the world and especially the concept of forest landscape restoration (FLR) is rapidly gaining attention as a unifying theme in many national and subnational forestry programs. In this context, the present Special Issue on“Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain the UN-SDGs” aims to address the sustainability challenges of land degradation and showcase innovative and promising practices and success stories from across the world for restoring degraded lands to attain global sustainability by 2030.

Keywords/ Topics for the Special Issue "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs"

  • Adaptive land management

  • Bioenergy production and bioeconomy

  • Bioremediation and biomonitoring

  • Climate change mitigation

  • Drivers of land degradation

  • Ecosystem services

  • Forest landscape restoration

  • Integrated restoration measures

  • Land systems and good quality of life

  • Policy measures

  • Remote sensing and GIS application

  • Restoration of marginal and degraded lands

  • Restoration of mined areas

  • Restoration methods and processes

  • Restoration monitoring

  • Restoration of polluted and agricultural lands

  • Social impact assessment

  • Stakeholder involvement

  • Traditional ecological knowledge

With best regards
PC Abhilash, FNAAS
Assistant Professor (Stage II)
Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development 
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005, INDIA

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