Special Issue "Ecological and Cultural Ecosystem Services in Coastal Areas"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2023 | Viewed by 129

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, I-39042 Bressanone, BZ, Italy
Interests: science education; ecosystem services; green infrastructure
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Envix-Lab, Department of Bioscience and Territory, University of Molise, 86090 Pesche, IS, Italy
Interests: landscape ecology; remote sensing; conservation biology; long term ecological monitoring; ecosystem services; biological invasions; climate change
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Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 39042 Bressanone, BZ, Italy
Interests: conservation; plants; red listing; threatened species; vascular flora; vegetation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coastal areas can offer manifold benefits coming from regulating, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services, ranging from carbon sequestration to protection from coastal erosion, and from recreation to ecotourism. They also host a unique biodiversity which comprises endangered species in need of proper conservation measures. These and other properties make them very interesting sources for educational and training purposes.

Finding trade-offs for a balanced and sustainable management of coastal areas requires interdisciplinary approaches that combine ecological, economic, and governance-related aspects. Moreover, cultural ecosystem service education shall be integrated in the abovementioned approach, being a valuable enabling factor in changing the way coastal areas can be perceived and valued.

Within this framework, for this Special Issue on “Ecological and Cultural Ecosystem Services in Coastal Areas” we encourage authors to submit a wide range of interdisciplinary contributions, case studies, and methodological and applied research related to the following topics:

  • Analysis of coastal landscape and ecosystem services;
  • Spatial planning of coastal landscapes;
  • Integrated management balancing coastal habitats conservation and utilization;
  • Evaluation of threats affecting coastal plant species and habitats;
  • Cultural services of coastal habitats, including education;
  • Economic valuation of coastal ecosystem services;
  • Socio-ecological approaches to coastal conservation and management.

Dr. Mita Drius
Prof. Maria Laura Carranza
Prof. Dr. Robert Philipp Wagensommer
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 2200 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.


  • coastal ecosystem services
  • coastal ecosystem conservation
  • cultural ecosystem services
  • coastal biodiversity conservation
  • coastal integrated management
  • threatened coastal plant species
  • socio-ecological approach

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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