Working Group Member
Senior Assistant Professor
Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, India
P. C. Abhilash is a Senior Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science in the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD) at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, and Lead of the Agroecosystem Specialist Group of IUCN-Commission on Ecosystem Management. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), India. His research interest lies on sustainable biomass production from marginal and degraded lands for supporting a biobased economy, restoring degraded lands for regaining ecosystem services, land system management, sustainable utilization of agrobiodiversity, nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptations for climate-resilient and planet healthy food production, and sustainable agriscape management for food and nutritional security. He is particularly interested in sustainability analysis, system sustainability, sustainability indicators, circular economy principles, policy realignment and the localization of UN-SDGs for the sustainable development. He is sitting on the Editorial board of the leading journlas in Land Degradation/Restoration/Management such as: Editor, Restoration Ecology, Wiley; Associate Editor, Land Degradation & Development, Wiley; Associate Editor, Soil Use & Management, Wiley; and Board Member, Land, MDPI. He also co-authored the "Land Restoration for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: An International Resource Panel Think Piece" by IRP-UNEP and "Global Asessment Report on Land degradation and Restoration" by UN-IPBES, and serving as a Subject Expert for UN-IPBES, IRP- UNEP, UNDP-BES Network, IPCC, UNCCD, APN, GLP, and IUCN Commissions (CEM, CEC, CEESP, and SSC) for fostering global sustainability. Journal Special Issues Currently Open for Submission (1) Resource Conserving Agricultural Practices for Ecological Sustainability", Agriculture, MDPI (Submission deadline: 31 December 2020); (2) Managing Agroecosystems for Food and Nutritional Security, Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, Elsevier (Submission deadline: 31 December 2020).