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Special Issue "Sustainable Natural Resource Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
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Interests: sustainable natural resource management, governance, public policy, innovation systems, forestry, fisheries, food security, community-based approaches, sustainable development, social-ecological systems, networks, complexity, resilience, regulatory science
2050: A world in crisis? Scientific research is increasingly predicting that within the next 30 years, our global human population will exceed 9 billion people; food, energy, and other resource shortages will lead to riots and political destabilization; we will have exceeded the 2° C threshold for dangerous global warming causing widespread drought and desertification; global ocean fisheries will collapse; significant deforestation and mass species extinctions will have occurred; society will be facing enormous social and economic burdens due to the obesity and overweight epidemic; 75 percent of the world’s population will be experiencing freshwater scarcity; and there will be interstate military conflicts over access to food and water resources. While such ‘doomsday‘ scenarios may not all come to pass, the urgency of realizing integrated and sustainable natural resource management praxis has never been greater. However, how can understandings of sustainability be more meaningfully and realistically operationalized in the day-to-day management and governance of our precious natural resource systems, systems that are inextricably connected to human identities, cultures, quality of life, and general wellbeing?
This Special Issue seeks to identify pragmatic approaches to institutionalizing sustainable natural resource management, policy, and governance in different contexts internationally. The focus is on renewable natural resources, “including biotic (such as biomass, plants, and animals) and abiotic (such as freshwater, fresh air, soil fertility, and elements like carbon and nitrogen), that can be regenerated or replaced by ecological processes on a relevant timescale (Hens and Quynh, 2008). Renewable natural resource systems include fisheries, forestry, foods, medicines, tourism, agriculture, renewable energy, and water. Recognizing that such systems are inherently interlinked deeply challenges our social, ecological, and physical boundaries, necessitating more networked and open approaches to research and governance. Empirical research papers offering novel insights for public policy across institutional, organizational, and disciplinary boundaries are particularly encouraged.
Prof. Dr. Gordon M. Hickey
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. 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 1800 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.
- sustainable natural resource management
- renewable resources
- social-ecological systems
- sustainable rural livelihoods
- innovation ecosystems
- inter-institutional dynamics
- impact assessment
- risk governance
- community-based approaches
- network governance
- environmental change
- gendered approaches
- sustainability transitions