Special Issue "Sustainable Productive Systems – Assessing the Past, Envisioning the Future"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017).
Interests: landscape architecture; agronomy; environment; urban planning; higher education; practice-based research
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These days, the intensive increase in agricultural production, has been either considered a source of richness and a serious problem to landscape sustainability. In this scenario, it must be noted that, although productive systems play a very important role in modern society, especially in low-density areas where they function as elements of attraction, the generally negative environmental consequences of such land uses on other economic and ecological functions, require special attention in order to be considered as sustainable. The new environmental paradigms, associated with the globalization of production and progressive climate change will certainly intensify the entropy and the instability in most of the existing productive systems. In this regard, this Special Issue aims to highlight a body of knowledge related to the discussion of the opportunities and challenges associated to the development of new sustainable productive systems.Additionally, the fact that agricultural development, from crops to animal production, has caused serious problems in terms of environmental and landscape degradation, highlights the positive impact that sustainable productive systems might have in the future of agriculture, constituting not only a way to consolidate emerging productive subsystems, with the potential to be a major driving force of the agricultural sector, but also to face the new challenges to come.
In this regard, in addition to the aforementioned subjects, the envisioned Special Issue intends to cover a wide range of topics related to the sustainability of different but complementary productive systems, assessing the impact of contemporary agricultural systems and landscape management strategies both on food production, ecosystem sustainability, biodiversity, landscape design, among others.
Papers submitted to this Special Issue will undertake an impartial peer-review process with the aim of rapid and broad dissemination of research findings and results.
Dr. Luis Loures
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 agriculture
- climate change
- soil and water conservation
- animal production
- precision agriculture
- land use dynamics
- landscape design