Sustainable Solutions for Land Degradation and Its Socio-Economic Impact in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas: Looking Back and into the Future

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 June 2024 | Viewed by 460

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Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, Makhanda 6139, South Africa
Interests: land degradation; herbivory; natural resource management; rangeland ecology; fire
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is essential to find sustainable solutions for land degradation in rural and peri-urban areas if we are to protect the environment, promote economic expansion, and guarantee community well-being. By implementing sustainable land management practices, it is possible to reduce land degradation and its socio-economic impact.

There are many advantages to sustainable land management. It strengthens resilience to shocks, increases productivity, decreases poverty, and improves the health of the soil, which benefits rural communities’ access to food, money, and quality of life.

This Special Issue aims to collect papers (original research articles and review papers) to give insights into the fight against desertification and land degradation, which endanger the livelihoods and food security of millions of people, particularly in drylands. In the context of climate change, addressing land degradation is essential since it both influences and contributes to the phenomenon. Practices for sustainable land management are essential in the fight against land degradation and its effects on the socioeconomic system. Putting these practices into action makes it feasible to protect land resources, foster economic expansion, enhance living conditions, and guarantee environmental sustainability.

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

  • Sustainable solutions against land degradation;
  • Land management practices;
  • Reducing land degradation and its socio-economic impact;
  • Food security for rural and peri-urban areas;
  • Protecting land resources against climate change.
We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Prof. Dr. James Gambiza
Guest Editor

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  • land degradation
  • sustainable land management
  • livelihoods
  • climate change
  • biodiversity loss
  • food security
  • sustainability
  • land resources

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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