Special Issue "Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (18 November 2020).
Interests: sustainable land use; climate-smart land use; data revolution; healthy soils; fair and functional land use; environmental performance; carbon capture in soils
Interests: geographical information systems; land degradation; land evaluation; remote sensing; land use
Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia
Interests: water and sediment connectivity; catchment processes; nature based solutions; forest fire; sustainable land management
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Interests: science policy interface; soil policy implementation; awareness raising and capacity building; soil as a resource; sustainable development goals
With this notification, we would like to invite you to submit your research to our Special Issue on Land Degradation Neutrality.
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals aimed to be the roadmap for society to move from the exploitation to the sustainable use of our planet’s resources and from inequality, poverty, and hunger to a proper education and good life for all. A robust soil–water system is essential to achieve most of those SDGs. In this Special Issue, we want to focus on SDG15.3, which is part of SDG 15, Life on Land, and aims at achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and land restoration. Ever since the SDGs were adopted by all UN members, it has been under discussion how to implement SDG 15.3. Although scientist and policymakers are still debating about the definition of Land Degradation, estimations show that 75% of the land worldwide is degraded. Therefore, urgent action is needed to find solutions that can be implemented on different levels of scale (global, national, regional, local) and at different institutional levels (implementation, governance, awareness building, financing), taking into account the stakeholders’ interests and culture and the availability of financial and natural capitals.
For this Special Issue, we invite papers addressing any of these topics:
- LDN from a biophysical point of view:
- Soil degradation and Land Degradation Neutrality target setting
- Reviews on LDN processes
- Soil- and land-related SDG indicators
- Different scales of LDN implementation
- Restoration versus halting degradation
- LDN and tipping points
- LDN from a governance point of view:
- Soil and land degradation inventory and target setting
- Land Stewardship
- Instruments for awareness building
- Soil and land degradation policy and management instruments and measures
- Area approach and spatial planning instruments
- Valorisation instruments for soil and land
- Public–Private soil and land issues
- Data monitoring and evaluation instruments
- LDN from a societal point of view
- Public–private cooperation in LDN implementation
- LDN in relation to societal challenges
- Awareness building instruments
- Stakeholder involvement and LDN
- LDN from a financial point of view
- Business models to come to LDN
- Natural Capital financing
- Regenerative economy concepts
- Funding instruments
Dr. Saskia Visser
Dr. Jan de Leeuw
Dr. Saskia Keesstra
Ir. Margot de Cleen
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- Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)
- soil–water system
- regenerative economy
- nature-based solutions
- land-use planning