Special Issue "Sustainable Investments in Urban and Periurban Environments through Nature-Based Solutions: Novel Approaches and Methods"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Forestry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 313

Special Issue Editors

Doctoral School of Architecture and Construction, Department of Architecture and Design, “Sapienza” University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: economic evaluation of projects; environmental economy; evaluation of ecosystem services; decision-support systems; multicriteria analysis; mathematical programming
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Department of Business Sciences - Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, 132 - 84084 Fisciano, Italy
Interests: urban regeneration; brownfield redevelopment; energy communities; corporate social responsibility; environmental management systems; quality management systems; sustainability; non-financial reporting
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Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering and Chemistry, Polytechnic University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: real estate valuation; urban planning; investment; financial analysis; algorithm analysis; valuation; real estate management; investment management; property valuation; city planning
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School of Arts, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham GL50 4AZ, UK
Interests: smart cities; ecosystem services; sustainable landscape design; urban sustainability; green infrastructure
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Department of Architecture and Design, “Sapienza” University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: public and private feasibility of urban transformation; economic evaluation of environmental and cultural assets; real estate market; economic valuation of real estate investment projects; environmental economics; sustainability; multi-criteria decision analysis
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Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio (DiBT), Università degli Studi del Molise, C. da Fonte Lappone, I-86090 Pesche, Italy
Interests: nature-based solutions; ecosystem services assessment; land use change; spatially explicit approaches; environmental health; urban challenges; environmental policy and planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

About half of the world’s GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature and healthy ecosystems. However, it is estimated that one million plant and animal species are facing extinction, and, generally, natural capital stocks per capita have declined by nearly 40% between 1992 and 2014. There are calls to leave behind a finite resource deployment-based economy and move towards a regenerative economy that is more respectful of nature. Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) can lead this paradigm shift, as they are increasingly internationally recognized as a fundamental part of action for climate and biodiversity and are highly financed by both the public and private sectors. Indeed, many businesses support NBSs already, especially via tree planting and implementing urban forests. Still, no established methodology to finance NBSs and maintain them across extended lifespans is presented in the literature. Notably, there is a need to support decision-making processes with accessible frameworks integrating economic–environmental aspects to encourage nature-positive investments.

This Special Issue will focus on innovative frameworks for financing and maintaining forests in cities, industrial areas, the urban–rural interface, commercial sites, degraded lands, and brownfields. Particularly, this Special Issue seeks to integrate research, techniques, and tools to investige the impact of investments on ecosystems and the related return for businesses and society. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Multiple aspects of the environmental–economic accounting of the ecosystem services provided by urban forests/trees, green spaces, and nature-based solutions;
  • Engagement practices in planning and design mechanisms to support new urban forests/trees, green spaces, and nature-based solutions;
  • Public–private partnership for financing and maintaining urban forests/trees, green spaces, and nature-based solutions;
  • Environmental impact assessment and related compensation measures;
  • State-of-the-art financing instruments for NBS implementation and maintenance;
  • State-of-the-art forest inclusion in regenerative economy processes and approaches.

Dr. Francesco Sica
Dr. Maria Rosaria Sessa
Dr. Francesco Tajani
Dr. Debora Anelli
Prof. Dr. Alessio Russo
Dr. Maria Rosaria Guarini 
Dr. Elena Di Pirro
Guest Editors

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. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2600 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.


  • integrated assessment methods
  • ecosystem services assessment
  • sustainable finance criteria
  • real estate market
  • impact investment decisions
  • urban forests/trees

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