Special Issue "Forests as Nature-Based Solutions: Ecosystem Services, Multiple Benefits and Trade-Offs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (22 May 2022) | Viewed by 21609
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Interests: nature-based solutions; ecosystem services; urban and peri-urban forests; plant functional traits; ecophysiology
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Interests: socio-economic evaluation; natural capital accounting; ecosystem services
Forest ecosystems, including natural forests, managed forests, agroforestry systems and urban and peri-urban forests, can be considered as multifunctional Nature-based Solutions (NbS), since they deliver key ecosystem services to people. The concept of NbS is an “umbrella” framework for several ecosystem-based approaches, categorized by the IUCN as protective (e.g., area-based conservation), restorative (e.g., ecological restoration), infrastructure-based (e.g., green infrastructure), management-based or issue-specific (e.g., ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction). All these approaches rely on biodiversity and ecosystem services to address global societal challenges, simultaneously providing environmental, social and economic benefits, and helping build resilience. NbS are becoming more and more relevant in international and European policy frameworks, such as in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and in the upcoming EU Forest Strategy. However, for the effective implementation and mainstreaming of NbS, several research gaps need to be addressed. This Special Issue welcomes studies bringing new data and methods about i) quantification of ecosystem services (regulation and maintenance, provisioning, cultural) provided by forests in natural, semi-natural and urban contexts, as well as their potential disservices; ii) monetary valuation and cost/benefit analysis of forests as NbS to sustainably address specific challenges. Original research and reviews targeted at understanding key characteristics of NbS, supporting the delivery of multiple benefits, the potential limitations and trade-offs, as well as case studies of operationalization of NbS into policy decisions, are particularly encouraged.
Dr. Elisabetta Salvatori
Dr. Giacomo Pallante
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Climate change mitigation and adaptation
- Air quality
- Water quality
- Plant functional traits
- Land-use planning
- Forest management and restoration
- Protected areas
- Monetary valuation and accounting
- Socio-economic benefits