Special Issue "Social Ecology, Climate Resilience and Sustainability in the Tropics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: ecosystem-based adaptation; community-based resource management; tree-based sustainable energy systems; sustainable forest management; sustainable environments in humanitarian settings
Interests: nexus between adaptation and mitigation to climate change; the interface between environmental services and development; multifunctional landscapes; landscape governance and the governance of tree commodities
Humans have lived with ecosystems for millions of years. This coexistence and nurturing of one another’s current and future needs has kept the planet thriving for years. However, this is no longer the case. Human activities, largely driven by extractive resource use, has threatened the future of the planet and its ecosystems—from the oceans to the forests and to microbial organisms below the surface. The prevalent challenges of deforestation, pollution, climate change, migration, etc. are largely the consequences of our own way of life that failed to take into account the future of the ecosystem that is supporting our future. The solution therefore only lies with humans, by reshaping our relations with nature and helping communities at all levels to prioritize such actions.
The impacts of climate change are becoming so concerning that measures are sought for to help reduce its impacts. Despite the huge investments in technology to abate the problem, countries such as those in sub-Saharan Africa where resources available to invest in technological solutions are lacking are suffering disproportionately. To sustainably reduce the impacts of climate change at wider scale (i.e., both locally and globally), looking back at how people could cope with climate change impacts through the ecosystem services generated from ecosystems is crucial. For this reason, investments in ecosystem-based approaches to climate change both for mitigation and adaptation needs are growing. Building effective ecosystem-based approaches requires an in-depth understanding of people–nature relationships and how we can build the lost mutual relationships between the two.
This Special Issue focuses on building resilience and sustainability at the local level using the principles of social ecology as the founding attributes. This includes addressing the needs of the people and the ecosystem such that both thrive together, forging a sustainable pathway while ensuring the generation of ecosystem services for both people and biodiversity. The geographic focus is largely sub-Saharan Africa, but submissions from other regions of the world with relevant experiences are also welcome.
Manuscripts on the following topics are very welcome:
- Ecosystem-based adaptation;
- Managing climate risks for the future;
- Bottom-up approaches to addressing climate change;
- Nature-based enterprises as a resilience strategy;
- Community natural resources management;
- People–nature interactions;
- Governance of energy supply sources in dryland ecosystems;
- Human migration and ecosystems;
- Restoration of ecosystem services.
This Special Issue addresses the wide knowledge gap in how social ecology could influence both the resilience agenda and sustainability at local and global scales. It covers the missing link on how people at multiple scales could play a crucial role in addressing climate change from multiple angles through nurturing ecosystems.
Dr. Lalisa A Duguma
Dr. Peter A Minang
Manuscript Submission Information
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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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 1900 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-based adaptation
- people–nature–adaptation nexus
- ecosystem services