Special Issue "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash

Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
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Interests: Agroecosystem management, Land degradation & restoration, Biomass & bioenergy production from marginal and degraded lands, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity, Traditional and ecological land management practices
Guest Editor
Dr. Sheikh Adil Edrisi

Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India
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Interests: Biomass & bioenergy production; Land restoration & development; Remote sensing & GIS application; Adaptive restoration measures; Sustainability analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Vishal Tripathi

Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India
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Interests: Land Restoration; Biomonitoring, Bioremediation and Bioeconomy; Plant-Microbe-Pollutant Interactions
Guest Editor
Dr. Rajiv K Chaturvedi

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, Goa – 403726, India
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Interests: climate change; public policy; climate policy; greenhouse gas inventory, impact, vulnerability & adaptation (IVA) assessment; energy policy; forestry and land-use change
Guest Editor
Dr. Himlal Baral

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor Barat 16115, Indonesia
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Interests: forest landscape restoration; landscape sustainability, biodiversity, ecosystem services; forest biomass; bioenergy and carbon sequestration
Guest Editor
Prof. Ali El-Keblawy

Department of Applied Biology, University of Sharjah
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Interests: invasive biology; restoration of arid deserts; plant propagation; reproductive ecology; natural resource exploitation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land is a complex and dynamic bio-physical system that maintains essential planetary functions and vital ecosystem services such as biodiversity maintenance, water and nutrient cycling, climate regulation, food, fibre and fuel production, as well as providing space for human habitation and other development activities. Unfortunately, land degradation due to various direct and indirect drivers (i.e. industrialization, rapid urbanization, intensive agricultural activities, climatic change, etc.) are negatively affecting the homeostasis of land systems and thereby  reducing the ecosystem services offered by land for a good quality of life and human well-being. Hence the sustainable management of land resources is imperative for attaining various Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs), which are the blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all, and addressing the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Fortunately, there is a growing momentum for the restoration of degraded land across the world and especially the concept of forest landscape restoration (FLR) is rapidly gaining attention as a unifying theme in many national and subnational forestry programs. In this context, the present Special Issue on“Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain the UN-SDGs” aims to address the sustainability challenges of land degradation and showcase innovative and promising practices and success stories from across the world for restoring degraded lands to attain global sustainability by 2030.

Dr. Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash
Dr. Sheikh Adil Edrisi
Dr. Vishal Tripathi
Dr. Rajiv K Chaturvedi
Dr. Himlal Baral
Prof. Ali El-Keblawy
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Adaptive land management
  • Bioenergy production and bioeconomy
  • Bioremediation and biomonitoring
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Drivers of land degradation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest landscape restoration
  • Integrated restoration measures
  • Land systems and good quality of life
  • Policy measures
  • Remote sensing and GIS application
  • Restoration of marginal and degraded lands
  • Restoration of mined areas
  • Restoration methods and processes
  • Restoration monitoring
  • Restoration of polluted and agricultural lands
  • Social impact assessment
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Traditional ecological knowledge

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Research

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Performance Analysis and Soil Quality Indexing for Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. Grown in Marginal and Degraded Land of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India
Received: 17 February 2019 / Revised: 4 April 2019 / Accepted: 9 April 2019 / Published: 15 April 2019
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The successful utilization of marginal and degraded lands for biomass and bioenergy production depends upon various factors such as climatic conditions, the adaptive traits of the tree species and their growth rate and respective belowground responses. The present study was undertaken to evaluate [...] Read more.
The successful utilization of marginal and degraded lands for biomass and bioenergy production depends upon various factors such as climatic conditions, the adaptive traits of the tree species and their growth rate and respective belowground responses. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the growth performance of a bioenergy tree (Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.) grown in marginal and degraded land of the Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, India and to analyze the effect of D. sissoo plantations on soil quality improvement over the study years. For this, a soil quality index (SQI) was developed based on principal component analysis (PCA) to understand the effect of D. sissoo plantations on belowground responses. PCA results showed that among the studied soil variables, bulk density (BD), moisture content (MC), microbial biomass carbon (MBC) and soil urease activity (SUA) are the key variables critically influencing the growth of D. sissoo. The SQI was found in an increasing order with the growth period of D. sissoo. (i.e., from 0.419 during the first year to 0.579 in the fourth year). A strong correlation was also observed between the growth attributes (diameter at breast height, R2 = 0.870; and plant height, R2 = 0.861) and the soil quality (p < 0.01). Therefore, the developed SQI can be used as key indicator for monitoring the restoration potential of D. sissoo growing in marginal and degraded lands and also for adopting suitable interventions to further improve soil quality for multipurpose land restoration programs, thereby attaining land degradation neutrality and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Full article
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