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Special Issue "Redefining Forests and Communities for Sustainability: New Frameworks and Applications"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maureen Reed

School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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Interests: Environmental Governance; Sustainability science; Practices of conservation; Sustainability of Rural Communities; Feminist and Gender-based Analysis; Social dimensions of climate change adaptation and resilience; Forestry, Model Forests, Biosphere Reserves, National Parks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests and forest-based communities are facing changing economic, environmental, social and cultural conditions that challenge their ability to pursue sustainability. To address these challenges, new frameworks such as “resilience”, “intersectionality”, “ecosystem goods and services”, and “biocultural diversity” suggest attention should be given to a much wider and more dynamic set of principles and a broader set of actors than was envisioned by the international community when sustainable forest management was introduced in the 1990s. This special issue will invite authors who have conducted research with forest-based communities to explain one of these frameworks, describe its key features, and demonstrate its application to forest sustainability through the particulars of a local context. Empirical research will feature articles from the global north and global south that have both a theoretical and an empirical contribution, with an effort to share transferable lessons, while recognizing that local context will always be a primary consideration when pursuing sustainability in forestry.

Prof. Dr. Maureen Reed
Guest Editor

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. 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 1800 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 forest management
  • forestry communities
  • frameworks
  • global north
  • global south

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