Special Issue "Landscape Planning as a Catalyst for Sustainable Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Luis Loures
Guest Editor
Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Portalegre, Portugal
Interests: urban planning; landscape reclamation; urban redevelopment; the use of urban planning as a tool for achieving sustainable development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to submit your paper for open access publication in this Special Issue of Land, “Landscape Planning as a Catalyst for Sustainable Development”. This Special Issue takes the landscape planning–sustainable development nexus as a starting point and focuses on the multiple ways in which access and rights to land relate to planning and management processes.

In fact, to date, intensive land-use change has been either considered a source of richness or a serious problem to landscape sustainability. In this scenario, it must be noted that although productive and urban landscapes play a very important role in modern society, the generally negative environmental consequences of such land-uses on other economic and ecological functions require special attention in order to be considered as sustainable. The new environmental paradigms associated with the globalization of production and the progressive climate change will certainly intensify the entropy and the instability in most of the existing landscapes. In this regard, this Special Issue aims to highlight a body of knowledge related to the discussion of the opportunities and challenges associated to the development of “new” sustainable landscapes.

Based on this, in addition to the aforementioned subjects, the envisioned special issue intends to cover a wide range of topics related to landscape design and sustainability, assessing the impact of different land-uses and landscape management strategies on landscape resilience and sustainability.

Papers submitted to this Special Issue will undergo an impartial peer review process with the aim of rapid and broad dissemination of research findings and results.

Dr. Luís Loures
Guest Editor

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 1000 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.


  • landscape architecture
  • planning
  • environment
  • agronomy
  • ecosystem services
  • post-industrial landscapes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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