Primatology and the Achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals-2nd Edition

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecology and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 118

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Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy
Interests: animal communication; bioacoustics; primate conservation; lemur; Madagascar
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Department of Anthropology, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, USA
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Dear Colleagues,

The 17 UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action for an integrated approach and concrete measures to pursue a necessary global shift to a new social, economic, and environmental paradigm ( Developing countries, where most non-human primate species’ geographic ranges are found, are facing significant socioeconomic challenges with disruptive consequences on the environment, which lead to conservation issues such as habitat loss, illegal harvesting and hunting, human–wildlife conflict, and invasive species, to name a few. Long-term research is important in studying long-living primate species and providing information for implementing conservation plans. In addition, it offers stable and continuous collaborations with local governments and public and private institutions, as well as economic growth, support, and empowerment of local communities.

As primatologists working on species inhabiting developing countries, we are facing social and ethical responsibilities, acknowledging the urgent need for socioeconomic development as the viable way to achieve conservation goals. In response to the need to identify and share effective strategies and metrics for global, balanced, and inclusive development, you are invited to contribute to this Special Issue, which aims to highlight the instrumental role of long-term research studies on primates’ biology and conservation in promoting sustainable growth. On that note, this Special Issue encourages the implementation of terminology and targets globally recognized to describe the impact of primatology on achieving the SDGs. 

We are particularly interested in contributions in the form of original research or reviews regarding (but not limited to) the following:

  • Current research work conducted on non-human primates in the frame of the 2030 SDGs;
  • How research activities are tackling the urgent need for conservation actions in developing countries within the framework of governmental policies;
  • Research studies with an impact on non-human primate conservation, economic growth, support, and empowerment of local communities;
  • The development of metrics to measure socioeconomic impacts of long-term research studies in the field;
  • Strategies to develop local empowerment of cooperation projects between local organizations and research institutions.

Join the opportunity to publish a Special Issue that shares the actions taken by primatologists to address all 17 SDGs.

Prof. Dr. Cristina Giacoma
Dr. Giovanna Bonadonna
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  • primate conservation projects
  • long-term studies
  • field station
  • cooperation project
  • UN 2030 sustainable development goals
  • sustainable development
  • socioeconomic impact
  • social and ethical responsibility
  • inclusive development

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