Science, Society and Innovation Nexus in Forestry: Pathways to Global Sustainability

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 220

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Laboratory of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (PERS Lab), School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: land use/land cover (LULC) mapping; forests; classification development and comparison; geographic object-based image analysis; natural disasters; UAS; ecosystem services
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The interplay of science, society, and innovation in forestry has been critical in addressing the evolving environmental and societal challenges. This field has transitioned from a narrow focus on timber production to embracing a broader perspective that encompasses ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, climate resilience, and sustainable development. Today, forestry stands at the forefront of interdisciplinary approaches that balance ecological integrity with socio-economic development.

Stemming from the 4th International Electronic Conference on Forests, which will be conducted online from 23 to 25 October 2024, this Special Issue targets a diverse range of topics, reflecting the multifaceted nature of modern forestry:

  1. Forest Ecology and Management: innovations in sustainable forest management techniques that maintain ecological balance and support ecosystem services.
  2. Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: strategies for preserving biodiversity and optimizing the ecosystem services that forests provide, including carbon sequestration and habitat protection.
  3. Climate Smart Forestry and Forest Innovations: cutting-edge approaches in forestry that mitigate climate change impacts and enhance forest resilience.
  4. Earth Observations for Forest Resources: leveraging satellite and aerial data to monitor forest health, growth, and changes over time.
  5. Forest Wildfires: understanding the causes, impacts, and management strategies for forest fires in the context of a changing climate.
  6. Wood Science, Production Chains, Fuelwood, and Trade: advances in wood science and the sustainable management of production chains, including aspects of fuelwood and trade.
  7. Bioeconomy and Forest Economics: exploring the economic aspects of forestry within the bioeconomy, focusing on sustainable development and economic viability.

Through, but not limited to, these themes, this Special Issue aims to showcase innovative research and practices that contribute to global sustainability goals, fostering a balance between ecological preservation and socio-economic benefits. We are looking for original research papers, reviews, and innovative case studies that address the nexus of science, society, and innovation in forestry.

Dr. Giorgos Mallinis
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Forests 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 2600 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.


  • sustainable forestry
  • climate resilience
  • forest biodiversity
  • innovative ecosystem management
  • bioeconomy in forestry
  • innovation
  • ecosystem services
  • forest monitoring

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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