Special Issue "Physical and Socio-Economic Effects of Land Use / Land Cover Change in Africa"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: fluvial hydro-morphodynamics; remote sensing
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Interests: land use/cover change; land degradation; desertification; multi-temporal analysis; sub-Saharan Africa; Mediterranean
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Special Issue in Remote Sensing: Land Degradation Assessment with Earth Observation II
Interests: GIS; remote sensing applications in natural resources management; soil and water conservation and watershed management; degraded highlands restoration/rehabilitation; sediment dynamics; landscape connectivity; sustainable reservoirs use
Interests: water resources engineering; surface and groundwater hydrology; watershed hydrology; river basin management; water allocation
In Africa, land use and land cover (LULC) changes across scales are among the main drivers of physical alterations of the environment, with consequent socioeconomic impacts. At the larger scale, for example, the increase in the use of land for agricultural purposes is linked to deforestation and forest degradation, as well as to increased carbon emissions. At the regional and local scales, LULC change can lead to increases in soil erosion and sediment yield, which, in turn, can reduce the lifetime of reservoirs and the potential for power production. Such changes can have a significant impact on the development of African countries, the habits and livelihoods of local populations, and the economic structures of African societies.
International programmes and mechanisms, such as the United Nations’ (UN) Land Degradation Neutrality initiative or the UN’s Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), are now in place to counterbalance the loss or degradation of ecosystem services from soils and forests with the recovery of degraded areas, putting in place measures to conserve, sustainably manage, and restore the land. These initiatives often involve multi-stakeholder engagement and planning across scales and sectors.
The present Special Issue would like to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the effects of LULC changes on the African environment, looking at both the physical and the socioeconomic aspects, and combining examples spanning from the continental to the local scale. This Special Issue aims to cover the broader field of LULC changes, combining monitoring techniques and numerical and theoretical approaches with field evidence, bringing to light the effects that LULC variations can have on the natural environment and associated ecosystem services, as well as on the socioeconomic structure of affected communities.
We welcome manuscripts from all disciplines (including natural and social sciences), using a variety of methods and approaches. Particularly encouraged are interdisciplinary papers and review articles.
Prof. Dr. Michael Nones
Dr. Elias Symeonakis
Dr. Mulatie Mekonnen
Dr. Dereje Adeba
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 1800 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.
- ecosystem services
- land use/land cover (LULC) change
- land degradation
- sustainable land use
- Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)
- Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
- Shiferaw Regasa M., Nones M., Institute of Geophysics PAN, Poland: “Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Ethiopian Fincha River Basin.”
- Dereje A., Wollega University, Ethiopia: “Water Footprint and Its Share in Per Capita Water Availability: The Case of Ethiopia.”
- Giger M., Zeleke G., Breu T., Hurni K., Centre for Development and Environment University of Bern, Switzerland.
- Kiteme B., Centre for Training and Integrated Research in Arid and Semi-Arid Land Development Nanyuki, Kenya.