Special Issue "Implications of Globalization for Biodiversity Conservation in Africa"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Tuyeni H. Mwampamba

Institute for Ecosystems and Sustainability Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Campus Morelia, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Interests: ecosystem services; forest ecology; international conservation policy; community-based conservation; participatory research
Guest Editor
Dr. Jennifer O’Leary

California Sea Grant & California Polytechnic State University; Biology Department, California Polytechnic State University; 1 Grant Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, USA
Interests: marine ecology; conservation policy; marine management; coral reefs; seagrass beds; participatory research; actionable science; marine resilience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, Africa has been undergoing profound and rapid change, socially, economically, and environmentally, due to globalization, a process in which national and regional economies, societies, and cultures become increasingly interconnected through a global network of trade, communication, immigration, and transportation (Kull et al., 2007; Ibrahim, 2013). Real concern exists on the continent, and worldwide, about the effects on biodiversity of a rising and growing Africa, and of the implications of globalization on ecosystems and the wellbeing of Africans. While globalization has enabled new opportunities to expand and improve conservation efforts, it is often accompanied by costs and consequences that need to be anticipated and managed. Finding this balance in policy and conservation action in Africa under increasing globalization scenarios is a key and pressing challenge.

We invite conservation scientists and practitioners to submit manuscripts that explicitly address the globalization-biodiversity conservation interlinkages in their study systems in Africa. We are looking for manuscripts that provide novel and practical insights to current understanding of these interlinkages in marine and terrestrial systems and in the policy domain. Manuscripts about innovative approaches to conservation in a globalized world that demonstrate the application of science are also welcomed.

Up to three manuscripts will be selected to receive the Exceptional Paper on Conservation Biology in Africa Award, which consists of a complete fee waiver to publish in this Special Issue.

This Special Issue follows the 3rd African Congress for Conservation Biology, held in El Jadida, Morrocco, in September 2016, and provides a forum to globally share insights presented and discussed at the congress. However, submissions are not limited to congress participants.

Dr. Tuyeni H. Mwampamba
Dr. Jennifer O’Leary
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 850 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Africa
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation management
  • Conservation policy
  • Globalization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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