Special Issue "The Impacts of Drought on Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods in the Global South"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gladman Thondhlana
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Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 6140
Interests: environmental resource use and household welfare; conservation conflicts; energy efficiency
Dr. Sheunesu Ruwanza
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Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 6140
Interests: restoration ecology
Dr. Elandrie Davoren
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Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 6140
Interests: urban ecology; ecosystem disservices
Dr. Staffan Rosell
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Human Geography at Department of Economy and Society, Box 625, 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
Interests: land use changes; rural livelihoods
Assoc. Prof. Andrea Belgrano
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Institute of Marine Research, Department of Aquatic Resources, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Turistgatan 5, SE-453 30 Lysekil, Sweden
Interests: food webs; biodiversity; population, community and ecosystem ecology; fisheries; ecosystem-based management; biocomplexity; biological oceanography; climate change; philosophy
Prof. Dr. Regina Lindborg
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Stockholm University, Dept Phys Geog & Quaternary Geol, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: ecology; conservation; agricultural landscapes; land use; climate change
Prof. Dr. Sheona Shackleton
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African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa
Interests: vulnerability; climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; landscape and livelihood change; transdisciplinarity
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Prof. Dr. Ken Findlay
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CPUT Research Chair Oceans Economy, Centre for Sustainable Oceans, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, PO Box 652, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Interests: Oceans economies and governance and ecosystem based management approaches
Prof. Dr. James Gambiza
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Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 6140
Interests: fire ecology, systems ecology, rangeland ecology, natural resource management, plant-animal interactions, ecological modelling and land degradation

Special Issue Information

The recent UNCCD (2019) Report on Drought Impact and Vulnerability Assessment stated that the impacts that droughts have on livelihoods, economies, and ecosystems have been higher due to drought intensity and frequency. Drought has especially negative impacts on marginalized and vulnerable societies, particularly in the Global South, due to its socio-economic vulnerabilities. While risks of drought impacts may seem obvious, e.g., water scarcity, crop loss, and increases in disease outbreak, huge knowledge gaps remain in this arena, making anticipation of, and planning for, long-term impacts difficult.

In this Special Issue, we aim to provide a collection of papers that critically evaluates links between drought frequency and severity, ecosystem services and disservices, and associated impacts to livelihoods across terrestrial and coastal ecosystems in the Global South. Topics of interest include identification of the social actors most affected by droughts and whether drought impacts differ across social-ecological gradients, livelihoods, and ecosystems. Interest also extends to how different ecosystem service generation is affected by drought intensity and frequency as ecosystem stressors and the extent to which drought might generate disservices as ecosystem shocks. Future proofing of systems against the risk impacts of drought shocks and stressors is dependent on informed decision options that are, in turn, dependent on adequate empirical observations across social, economic, and environmental disciplines.

We consequently welcome manuscripts from across natural and social sciences, as well as cross-disciplinary studies, including in-depth case studies (place based), reviews (linked to case studies), studies that cross socio-ecological gradients, and case studies from urban, rural, and coastal environments (catchment-to-coast). In particular, we invite contributions based on studies in areas that have or are still experiencing sequential droughts.

Interested authors should submit abstracts to Guest Editors, Gladman Thondhlana ([email protected]), Sheunesu Ruwanza ([email protected]), and Elandrie Davoren ([email protected]) for assessment and approval before submitting full manuscripts. Authors are encouraged to submit their contributions as soon as possible, prior to 1 May 2020.

Dr. Gladman Thondhlana
Dr. Sheunesu Ruwanza
Dr. Elandrie Davoren
Dr. Staffan Rosell
Assoc. Prof. Andrea Belgrano
Prof. Dr. Regina Lindborg
Prof. Dr. Sheona Shackleton
Prof. Dr. Ken Findlay
Prof. Dr. James Gambiza
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • droughts
  • risk impact
  • ecosystem services
  • livelihoods
  • social-ecological gradient

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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