Special Issue "Agroforestry and Ecosystem Regeneration"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: agroecological livestock systems; agroforestry, silvopasture; livestock nutrition; climate change; resilience; farmer engagement; knowledge generation and dissemination; decision support tools
Interests: agroecology; agriculture; ecological economics; organic horticulture
Interests: culture economies; participatory research methods; short food chains, local and community food initiatives; reforming food systems to deliver sustainable, resilient and socially just development
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Multi-functional landscapes can deliver a wide range of supporting, provisioning and regulating ecosystems services. Agroforestry is a highly multi-functional land use type with great potential for delivering important ecosystem services such as soil enrichment, nutrient cycling, increase in biodiversity, biomass production, improved air and water quality, and address issues such as land degradation and climate change (e.g. carbon sequestration). Albeit generally studied in rural contexts, agroforestry can effectively benefit both urban and rural regeneration by delivering both environmental and socio-economic services, especially when agroecological transition strategies are adopted. However, challenges in implementing the transition can include the design of long-term management strategies and the possibility of using agroforestry-adapted monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure landscapes and communities, whether urban or rural, are benefiting from the regeneration process.
The journal Sustainability is hosting a Special Issue on “Agroforestry and Ecosystem Regeneration”. Studies are welcome that address these challenges and focus on the links between landscape regeneration and socio-cultural benefits. Contributions on the following themes are of particular interest, though other relevant topics will also be considered:
- Socio-ecological approaches for ecosystem services assessment
- Development of tools to facilitate agroecological transitions. strategies for land management and decision making in urban, peri-urban and/or rural contexts.
- Farmer-facing solutions to implement practical agroecological change and monitoring on-farm.
- Agroforestry supply and value chains and its integration into a circular bio-economy.
Dr. Sara Burbi
Dr. Ulrich Schmutz
Prof. Moya Kneafsey
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 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.
- land use change
- multi-functional landscapes
- urban regeneration
- rural regeneration
- ecosystem services
- social cohesion
- environmental impact
- carbon sequestration
- native species