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Special Issue "Social-Ecological Restoration for Coastal Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Steven Scyphers

Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University, Marine Science Center, Nahant, MA 01908, USA
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Interests: social-ecological systems; sustainability science; coastal development; fisheries; conservation
Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael W. Beck

1. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA 22203-1606, USA
2. Department of Ocean Sciences, Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coastal restoration is a widely popular strategy for improving the health of ecosystems and mitigating the impacts of previous human decisions. However, in addition to re-establishing habitats and the improving the functioning of ecosystems, restoration also provides many direct and indirect benefits for people in coastal communities and beyond. For example, coastal habitat restoration has been shown to enhance fisheries and tourism opportunities in coastal communities. Considering that restoration is often costly and requires substantial public and private support, understanding the social and ecological contexts of successful restoration is essential for sustainability and sustainable development along coastlines.

This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in the interdisciplinary science and practice of coastal restoration for pursuing sustainability. We welcome conceptual, empirical, and synthetic studies focused on the social and ecological dimensions of coastal restoration, and we are particularly eager to receive papers that embrace a social-ecological systems perspective to inform the design and execution of successful restoration. Such studies could involve: (i) describing social and ecological conditions that enable or constrain restoration support; (ii) developing strategies and frameworks for effectively measuring social and ecological outcomes of coastal restoration; (iii) defining social and ecological restoration success from rural to urban settings; and (iv) contextualizing role of restoration as a strategy for sustainable development along coastlines.

Prof. Steven Scyphers
Prof. Dr. Michael W. Beck
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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1400 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.


  • Restoration
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Ecosystem services
  • Living shorelines
  • Human well-being

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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