Special Issue "Ecosystem Services from Forests"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2015).
Interests: forest policy; ecosystem services; forest economics; natural resources
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Special Issue in Forests: Ecosystem Services and the Forest Economy
Forests provide numerous ecosystem services that support economic output and human health and well-being, including carbon sequestration, water yield, water quality protection, recreation, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity. As a society, we are just beginning to appreciate the vital role that forests can play in providing these services, and their vulnerability to climate change, population growth, invasive species, and other disturbances that threaten to fundamentally and catastrophically alter the flow of these forest-based ecosystem services.Since privately-held forests dominate the landscape, there is a critical need to motivate forest landowners to manage for ecosystem services. From a policy perspective, this translates into creating programs and policies that align landowner and societal goals (e.g., through incentives) and explicitly consider environmental, economic, and social values. In this context, this Special Issue explores several active areas of inquiry and debate surrounding ecosystem services and effective policy- and decision-making, including: quantifying externalities (positive and negative) associated with forests and forest management; assessing and advancing valuation methods; understanding the structures and functions of forested systems and how these affect ecosystem service values; identifying trade-offs between specific ecosystem functions or services, and between end-users of these services; understanding the relative value of these services spatially and temporally; identifying economically and ecologically sustainable forest management strategies; and understanding forest values under changing conditions. Papers that advance our understanding of forest-based ecosystem services and fit within these broad themes are welcome.
Dr. Damian C. Adams
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.
- ecosystem services,
- forest management,
- forest policy,
- private forest,