Special Issue "Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sarah Clement
Guest Editor
Department of Geography and Planning, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, United Kingdom
Interests: environmental governance; adaptive governance; Anthropocene; novel ecosystems; climate change; biodiversity conservation; institutional analysis; nature-based solutions; landscape ecology; restoration ecology; social-ecological systems; resilience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The intensity and pace of environmental and socio-economic change that characterise the Anthropocene have created unprecedented challenges for managing ecosystems. Not only have we yet to slow rates of biodiversity loss, but in many places around the world, the pace of extinction and ecosystem decline is accelerating, despite biodiversity loss already being well in excess of sustainable planetary boundaries. Climate change is expected to accelerate biodiversity loss and interact synergistically with other drivers (e.g., habitat loss and degradation, altered biogeochemical regimes, urbanisation), potentially leading to the transformation of ecosystems. This Special Issue will bring together research that provides insights into how ecosystems are changing, how we can expect them to change in the future, and how we might intervene through management, policy, and governance to more effectively adapt to climate change and conserve biodiversity. We welcome articles that fill critical knowledge gaps; offer innovative methods for understanding or managing these environmental challenges; or offer empirical case study examples relating to the science, management, and policy of climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation.

In this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Understanding how climate change is currently affecting ecosystems, and how it is projected to do so in the future;
  • Consideration of how management and ecological restoration may need to change to more effectively deal with climate change and other drivers of biodiversity loss;
  • Evaluations of climate change and/or biodiversity policy and governance;
  • Studies of governance or management effectiveness in these policy areas, particularly with respect to their influence on ecological, social, and economic outcomes;
  • Methods for targeting drivers of biodiversity loss in complex social-ecological systems;
  • Insights into the management of ecosystems that are characterised as novel, hybrid, or heavily modified by humans (including urban ecosystems);
  • Analysis of nature-based solutions or other innovative tools for integrating biodiversity and climate change adaptation into land-use planning.

Dr. Sarah Clement
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. Land 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 1000 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
  • climate change adaptation
  • Anthropocene
  • social-ecological systems
  • environmental governance
  • adaptive capacity
  • ecosystem change
  • science-based policy
  • nature-based solutions
  • ecological restoration

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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