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Special Issue "Protected Areas in Forest Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2019.
Dr. Nikoleta Jones Website E-Mail
Global Sustainability Institute (GSI), Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 1PT, UK
Interests: ecosystem services; sustainable forest management; human wellbeing; social impacts of protected areas; economic valuation; social capital; quantitative social research methods
The designation of protected areas is the most widely applied policy tool for forest conservation. Despite the wide implementation of protected areas, meeting biodiversity conservation targets remains a challenge. This special issue aims to explore the role of protected areas in forest conservation and discuss their effectiveness focusing on challenges but also on opportunities for new policy directions. We invite contributions which explore the strengths and weaknesses of protected areas for forest conservation by presenting evidence of case studies from across the globe representing different types of protected areas and forest management frameworks. Ecosystem services is expected to be a key concept in the special issue especially regarding the role of Protected Areas in providing these services and links with human well-being. In this context, studies which use an inter-disciplinary approach, exploring both ecological and socio-economic impacts of forest protected areas, are warmly welcomed. Papers submitted in this special issue are also expected to contribute in the on-going academic and policy discussion regarding new management tools linked with forest conservation (eg. re-wilding, nature-based economies) which are proposed as more effective initiatives in protecting forest ecosystems.
Prof. Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos
Dr. Nikoleta Jones
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.
- biodiversity conservation
- conservation policy
- ecosystem services
- nature-based solutions
- protected areas
- sustainable forest management
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Forest Conservation and Ecosystem Services in the Matipa Forest of Malawi
Abstract: The Matipa Forest Complex is located within the larger Misuku Hills region of northern Malawi, the most lightly inhabited and floristically diverse region in the country. The comparatively low human pressures and policies protecting the Matipa Forest Complex, as well as three designated Forest Reserves in this region, has maintained biodiversity and allowed residents of this area to continue to reap an array of ecosystem services. A Photovoice exercise was conducted with residents of Chikutu village (located within the Matipa Forest) to compile an inventory of resident-identified ecosystem services. The results of this exercise demonstrate that Chikutu residents have an intimate knowledge of an abundance of ecosystem services that support daily needs including food, medicine, and timber products. The availability of these resources can be attributed to the relatively low population pressures on the landscape in this area, but the Matipa Forest is facing the same population pressures and policy enforcement challenges as other regions of the country where these services have been greatly diminished. These challenges are being met in a variety of creative ways in the Misuku Hills (e.g. sustainable coffee production, tree planting, beekeeping) that could be used as models for other areas in Africa and elsewhere where people depend directly on these services to meet daily needs.
Author: Chris Coutts