Special Issue "Sustainable Territorial Management"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. David Rodríguez-Rodríguez

1. Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Calle de Albasanz, 26-28, 28037 Madrid, Spain
2. European Topic Centre-University of Malaga, Calle Arquitecto Francisco Peñalosa s/n, Ampliación Campus Teatinos, 29010 Malaga, Spain
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Interests: sustainability indicators; protected area effectiveness evaluation; territorial planning; socioeconomic effects of public policies
Guest Editor
Dr. Javier Martínez-Vega

Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Calle de Albasanz, 26-28, 28037 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: land use-land cover changes; scenarios; wildland fires–human risks; protected areas; sustainability indicators; territorial planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent human development has made a notable social and economic progress for most of us possible; however, it has also had a range of negative consequences on natural resources, local communities, and the economy at multiple scales. Soil sealing, erosion and loss, land degradation, air and water pollution, biodiversity homogenisation and loss, poverty, human migration, and health issues are among the most common human-made impacts with a clear sustainability and spatial component. They occur in territories, be it terrestrial, aerial, or marine, which are the physical bases for whichever activity is being performed by any living being. Thus, achieving sustainable territorial management, which combines healthy and prosperous societies with the long-term maintenance of a rich biodiversity and productive ecosystem services, remains the biggest challenge to our modern world. This Special Issue seeks to collect a coherent set of studies on techniques and experiences (case studies) aimed at increasing the environmental, social, economic, and/or institutional sustainability of landscapes and seascapes from a range of geographic and socioeconomic contexts.

Dr. David Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Dr. Javier Martínez-Vega
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. Environments is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Sustainable development
  • Territorial planning
  • Land use-land cover
  • Protected area
  • Biodiversity
  • Maritime planning
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Socioeconomy
  • Governance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Including Farmers in Landscape Rural Strategy Making. Experiences Gained from a Multifunctional Danish Landscape
Authors: David Qvist Pears ¹, Jørgen Primdahl ¹,* and Esben Munk Sørensen ²
Affiliation: ¹ Landscape & Planning, Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, 1165 København, Denmark; Email: jpr@ign.ku.dk,² Land Management & Geoinformatics, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, 9100 Aalborg, Denmark
Abstract: New integrative and inclusive approaches to landscape planning have been called for by public agencies and commentators of rural development and landscape policy. In Denmark, a framework for landscape strategy making has been applied to a number of rural landscapes. Based on experiences from a three year project for a multifunctional coastal landscape we analyse and discuss pathways and obstacles landscape strategy making. Besides better conditions for agriculture, development perspectives for rural housing, outdoor recreation and nature conservation were explicitly included in the goals of the project. Focusing on the farmers’ different motivations and interests, we present detailed analyses of their involvement in the process and the outcomes in the form of a landscape strategy three years after the first meeting.  We close the paper by reflections on potentials and limitations of landscape strategy making as a new territorial approach to guiding rural change.

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