Special Issue "Integrating Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: conservation biology; restoration ecology; ecological design; ecosystem services
We are pleased to announce a Special Issue of Sustainability titled “Integrating Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development.” Sustainable development seeks to achieve a balance between exploitation of the world’s natural resources for current socio-economic development, and the conservation of natural resources that are needed to ensure a good quality of life for future generations. Ecosystem services, sometimes called ‘natural capital’ or ‘nature’s benefits’ to people, are essential for human well-being, and, thus, are integral to all applications of sustainable development. Yet, ecosystem services are often ignored, or play only a tangential role, in planning and activities geared towards sustainable development, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This Special Issue will address a fundamental question: How do we better integrate ecosystem services into sustainable development goals and activities in order to improve policy and management decisions? We are soliciting papers for this Special Issue that address this fundamental question in any form, including viewpoints, reviews, syntheses, meta-analyses, or original research. We especially invite papers that push the boundaries, and which might be considered too exploratory or avant-garde for other journals.
- Wood, S.L.R.; Jones, S.K.; Johnson, J.A.; Brauman, K.A.; Chaplin-Kramere,R.; Fremier, A.; Girvetz, E.; Gordon, L.J. Kappel, C.V.; Mandle, L. et al., Distilling the role of ecosystem services in the Sustainable Development Goals. Ecosyst. Services. 2018, 29, 70–82.
- Maes, J.; Jacobs, S. Nature-Based Solutions for Europe's Sustainable Development. Conserv. Letters. 2017, 10, 121–124.
- Geijzendorffer, I.R.; Cohen-Shacham, E.; Cord, A.F.; Cramer, W.; Guerra, C.; Guerra, B. Ecosystem services in global sustainability policies. Environ. Sci. Policy. 2017, 74, 40–48.
Prof. Dr. Bradley J. Cardinale
Manuscript Submission Information
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- ecosystem services
- natural capital
- nature’s services
- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Development Goals
- socio-economic development