Special Issue "A Horizon Scan of Research Achievements, Opportunities and Emerging Issues in Environmental, Agricultural and Urban Systems in Developing Nations"

A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Edmond Sanganyado

Marine Biology Institute, Shantou University, Shantou 515063, China
Interests: environmental analytical chemistry; wastewater treatment; marine chemistry; emerging contaminants; climate change; sustainability in education
Guest Editor
Prof. Willis Gwenzi

Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Interests: emerging contaminants; environmental remediation; environmental systems engineering; industrial symbiosis; restoration ecology; ecohydrology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Developing countries, including those in Africa, have fast growing economies that are heavily reliant on natural resources, which, if not regulated, could be depleted. Furthermore, rapid industrialization and urbanization often result in environmental pollution, and exert considerable strain on urban infrastructure. Addressing these challenges requires an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the current and emerging issues, key opportunities and challenges in environmental, agricultural, and urban systems. Hence, over the past two decades, research interest in environmental, agricultural and urban systems has steadily increased in developing countries as sustainable development became a priority.

The current Special Issue of Challenges focuses on the achievements, emerging issues, opportunities, and challenges in environmental, agricultural and urban systems in developing countries with a special focus on Africa. This Special Issue will cover high quality papers on diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, environmental technology, agriculture, geology, urban systems and land use practices. The Special issue is meant to reflect the unique socio-economic and biophysical settings for environmental research in developing countries. We welcome original research articles, reviews, concept papers, brief reports, technical reports, short communications, invited expert viewpoints and commentaries. All submissions will be subject to a rigorous peer review process, and the Editors’ decisions will be final.

We invite high-quality manuscripts addressing, but not limited to:

  • Environmental pollution
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Urban agriculture
  • Sustainable cities/urban development
  • Urban informal settlements
  • Urban infrastucture
  • Waste management systems
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability in agriculture and mining
  • Green innvovations in water and wastewater treatment
  • Recent developments in environmental technology
  • Innovative research collaboration/funding models
  • Environmental/sustainability education and capacity-building
Dr. Edmond Sanganyado
Prof. Willis Gwenzi
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. Challenges is an international peer-reviewed open access biannual journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. 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.


  • Climate change
  • Environmental pollution
  • Water/wastewater treatment
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Sustainability science
  • Environmental science
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable cities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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