Special Issue "Mapping Marine Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Spatial Planning"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Ecology and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tiziana Luisetti
Guest Editor
Principal environmental economist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft NR33 0HT, UK
Interests: environmental economics; ecological economics; coastal and marine ecosystem services and natural capital
Dr. Clement Garcia
Guest Editor
Senior marine ecologist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft NR33 0HT, UK
Interests: functional diversity; ecosystem multifunctions; trait-based modeling and numerical ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The marine realm covers more than two times the surface of drylands on Earth, yet we know more about other planets of the solar system than we do about our oceans. There is an ongoing realization of this disparity and, consequently, there is a growing interest in moving toward a better appreciation of the marine environment and its benefits for human societies, whilst there is growing economic interest in the use of the marine space. The assessment and mapping of marine ecosystem services for the sustainable use of our seas are becoming imperative to maintain a healthy environment for present and future generations.

This Special Issue will publish high-quality inter-disciplinary research papers addressing issues, and providing new information, about: data provision around the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems and related ecosystem services, marine habitat mapping, and the use of the natural capital in the marine space. We welcome inter-disciplinary papers in the fields of environmental and ecological economics, as well as marine governance, and marine natural sciences for the conception of a holistic sustainable marine spatial planning.

Dr. Tiziana Luisetti
Dr. Clement Garcia
Guest Editors

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.


  • coastal and marine ecosystem services
  • functional diversity
  • multifunctionality
  • coastal and marine ecosystem impacts
  • habitat mapping
  • natural capital
  • marine spatial planning
  • sustainable use of marine resources

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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