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Special Issue "Sustainable Spatial Planning and Landscape Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 3952

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria
Interests: ecological economics; environmental valuation; ecosystem services; planning; infrastructure economics; public finance
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Institute of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Interests: spatial planning; regional development; landscape planning
Department of Education for Natural Sciences, University of Applied Education Sciences, 4020 Linz, Austria
Interests: landscape planning; cultural landscapes; regional development

Special Issue Information

Dear colleague,

Protection, restoration, and promotion of sustainable uses in terrestrial ecosytems form one of the 17 goals that the United Nations have set on their global agenda for Sustainable Development. This forms a broad framework for research and practice in the field of spatial planning and landscape management. The Special Issue on sustainable spatial planning and landscape management integrates two major strands of land use planning and management. Sustainable land use and spatial planning devotes land to ‘principal uses’ in a broad sense, including both residential and commercial areas, and seminatural and natural areas such as forests, agricultural land, lakes, and rivers. Sustainability in residential and commercial areas means to reduce land consumption and land sealing, and fossil fuel use for mobility, production, and heating/cooling. Furthermore, sustainable planning cares for the conservation of ecosystem services both in urban and rural areas, by setting aside land for conservation and providing management frameworks for broad and dispersed protection of natural resources and natural processes. Another concern addressed by sustainable spatial planning and landscape management focuses on resilience and adaptability of land uses. Some changes brought about by sustainable planning are effective in the short term; however, many sustainable land use policies are oriented toward long-term strategies, such as land management for sustainable forestry and agriculture, and the conservation and development of landscapes.

This Special Issue seeks papers in the fields of sustainable spatial (land use) planning, ecosystem services, and landscape governance, management, and conservation. Ideally, papers will provide a strong theoretical and methodological foundation and will present empirical results linking these fields. Policy-oriented papers are especially welcome, as are papers connecting social or natural sciences research results with planning approaches, strategies, and instruments/tools, in inter- or transdisciplinary ways.

Outline of the Special Issue

a. Focus

The focus of the special issue is in the fields of spatial (land use) planning, ecosystem services, and landscape management and conservation. The Special Issue seeks papers that combine theoretical and methodological perspectives with empirical applications and connect social or natural sciences research results with planning approaches, strategies, and instruments/tools.

b. Scope

The scope of the papers in the Special Issue includes contributions from natural and social sciences, planning, and sustainability research. Inter- and transdisciplinary research is particularly welcome, since both spatial (land use) planning and landscape management are typically broad fields of research that are best explored by mixed methods and various combined scientific disciplines.

c. Purpose

The purpose of the Special Issue is to bring together scholars of a wide range of disciplines, countries, and institutional contexts, applying a broad variety of methods and dealing with different spatial planning frameworks and landscapes with ecological, perceptional, and geographical differences.

Prof. Dr. Michael Getzner
Prof. Sibylla Zech
Prof. Dr. Peter Kurz
Guest Editors

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.

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  • sustainable land use planning
  • spatial planning
  • land use management
  • landscape management
  • ecosystem services
  • conservation

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Patterns and Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Myanmar
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7539; - 06 Jul 2021
Cited by 8 | Viewed by 3347
Myanmar is one of the most forested countries of mainland Southeast Asia and is a globally important biodiversity hotspot. However, forest cover has declined from 58% in 1990 to 44% in 2015. The aim of this paper was to understand the patterns and [...] Read more.
Myanmar is one of the most forested countries of mainland Southeast Asia and is a globally important biodiversity hotspot. However, forest cover has declined from 58% in 1990 to 44% in 2015. The aim of this paper was to understand the patterns and drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Myanmar since 2005, and to identify possible policy interventions for improving Myanmar’s forest management. Remote sensing derived land cover maps of 2005, 2010 and 2015 were accessed from the Forest Department, Myanmar. Post-classification change detection analysis and cross tabulation were completed using spatial analyst and map algebra tools in ArcGIS (10.6) software. The results showed the overall annual rate of forest cover loss was 2.58% between 2005 and 2010, but declined to 0.97% between 2010 and 2015. The change detection analysis showed that deforestation in Myanmar occurred mainly through the degradation of forest canopy associated with logging rather than forest clearing. We propose that strengthening the protected area system in Myanmar, and community participation in forest conservation and management. There needs to be a reduction in centralisation of forestry management by sharing responsibilities with local governments and the movement away from corruption in the timber trading industry through the formation of local-based small and medium enterprises. We also recommend the development of a forest monitoring program using advanced remote sensing and GIS technologies. Full article
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