Special Issue "Assessment and Governance of Sustainable Soil Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: sustainability assessment; multifunctional land use; soil conservation; landscape synthesis
Interests: ecosystem services; land use; decision-making
Interests: economics of ecosystems and biodiversity, economic instruments, socio-economic valuation of envirnmental goods, governance research
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2. Division Agriculture and Food Policy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Interests: sustainability assessment; soil resource management; social-ecological systems
The role of soil functions for achieving Sustainable Development Goals are multiple. A productivity function is essential for food and biomass provision in support of food security (SDG 2) and energy security (SDG 7); soil carbon sequestration, which is paramount for climate action (SDG 13); and water purification and retention, nutrient and matter cycling, and the habitat function are essential for maintaining ecosystem services (SDG 15). While these soil functions emerge from interactive soil processes, it is soil management that intervenes with soil processes and, thus, determines the functional performance of soils, relative to their geo-biophysical potentials. The key for sustainable soil management is to stimulate soil processes, such that antagonistic effects between functions are minimized and their performances are optimized. In addition to improved soil process knowledge, this requires profound interdisciplinary methods, built on systemic perspectives for the assessment and governance of sustainable soil management. What are the impacts of soil management practices on sustainability targets in specific geophysical and socio-economic contexts? What methodological approaches, indicators and metrics are suitable to assess, inter alia, resource efficiencies, ecosystem services, cost-benefit-rations, and risks to human health? What are the opportunities and risks of current and future soil management technologies with regards to sustainability targets? How can different spatio-temporal settings and spill-over effects be addressed? How can institutional compositions and governance instruments be improved to enable decision makers to take action on sustainable soil management? How can soil management impacts be valued in light of varying normative perspectives and ethical concepts? What roles do stakeholders and their perceptions play for impact valuing of soil management decision making?
This Special Issue welcomes original contributions dealing with methodological improvements and applications for impact assessment and governance of soil management systems from the perspective of sustainable developments. Thematic contributions may include: Farmer perceptions on soil management, metrics and indicators for assessing resource efficiency of soil management, relation between soil functions and ecosystem services, ethical considerations of sustainable soil management, institutional issues, governance instruments and policy analysis.
Prof. Dr. Katharina Helming
Prof. Dr. Thomas Koellner
Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjürgens
Dr. Katrin Daedlow
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- Sustainability assessment
- soil management
- soil functions
- ecosystem services
- resource efficiency