Special Issue "New Roads towards Sustainability: Analytical Approaches for Assessing and Futuring the Effects of Human Activities on Tropical Forests"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (7 September 2023) | Viewed by 152

Special Issue Editors

Global and Regional Dynamics Research Group, Universität Kassel, Mönchebergstraße 19, 34127 Kassel, Germany
Interests: modelling of land-use systems; analysis of environmental impact of land-use change; integrated modelling; ecosystem services
Lateinamerika-Institut (LAI), Freie Universität Berlin, Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, Berlin, Germany
Interests: tropical social-ecological systems; participatory research approaches; impacts of organized crime on environmental governance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tropical forests are the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystems on Earth and provide a variety of ecosystem services. They have important functions as habitats, as well as for climate control and economic development. However, their integrity is increasingly threatened by human activities, including logging, hunting, mining and expansion of agricultural land. Deforestation and forest degradation are major drivers of biodiversity loss, climate change and deterioration of social-ecological systems.

This Special Issue will collect papers (original research articles and review papers) that focus on the following three main topics: first is the use of state-of-the-art remote sensing and AI technologies to monitor and analyse the effects of human activities on tropical forests. Second is the application of participatory approaches that combine stakeholder engagement and modelling for the development of future sustainable development pathways of tropical forest regions. Third is the possible integration of such approaches in the governance of tropical forests.

This Special Issue will welcome manuscripts that link the following themes:

1) Remote sensing and AI methods for the monitoring of human impacts on tropical forests;
2) Modeling land-use change, nutrient, carbon and water dynamics of tropical forests;
3) Scenario analysis and participatory modelling for sustainable future developments;
4) Governance of tropical forests: management of natural resources and restoration and conservation;
5) Agricultural development and food security in tropical regions;
6) Tropical forests and climate change.

We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Ruediger Schaldach
Dr. Regine Schönenberg
Guest Editors

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  • monitoring and modelling human impacts on tropical forests
  • stakeholder engagement
  • governance of tropical forests
  • sustainable development of tropical regions
  • social-ecological systems

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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