Special Issue "Observation and Research on Ecological Restoration of Degraded Forests"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 November 2023 | Viewed by 238

Special Issue Editors

Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510070, China
Interests: restoration ecology; species association; structure and function of pioneer community; new technologies and methods for ecological restoration
Laboratory of Silviculture, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, School of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: carbon sequestration in forests; climate value of urban tree; forest restoration; climate-adaptive reforestation; restoration of degraded Mediterranean ecosystems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020, forest degradation has become a global environmental issue due to human activities, severe climatic events, fire, pests, diseases and other environmental disturbances. Forest degradation is defined as the long-term reduction in the levels of goods and services including carbon loss, greenhouse gas emissions, wood production, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem functions, human health and, even worse, the decline of forest resilience—the ability of a forest ecosystem to re-organize and recover following disturbance. Forest degradation is one of the more challenging types of disturbances to measure and monitor. With the development of observation technology, the processes of forest degradation and restoration can be monitored. However, how to assess these degraded forests in a timely and accurate manner is still a considerable question. Nonetheless, it is society's obligation both to protect forests from any degradation, restoring and transforming them to be healthier, with better structure and function. Tackling forest degradation can be achieved through the implementation of silvicultural measures to restore and transform degraded forests to high-level forests (e.g. mitigation of degradation process, forest stand tending, natural regeneration, reforestation, afforestation), control of forest fires, conservation of marginal farmland to forest lands, development of protective shelterbelts in the environmental fragile sites, implementation of policies and measures for biodiversity and natural reserves conservation. This Special Issue aims to provide observation technology, driving forces and restoration methods to address degraded forests in terms of improving forest sustainability.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Observation technology of degraded forests;
  • Structural and functional degradation of forests;
  • Degradation mechanisms of natural forests or plantation forests;
  • Plant-soil feedback of degraded forests;
  • Driving forces of degradation forests at larger scale;
  • Restoration or transformation methods of degraded forests;
  • Environmental effects of forest degradation or restoration;
  • New technologies and methods for forest ecological restoration;
  • Climate adapted reforestation for ecological restoration of degraded forests.

Dr. Long Yang
Dr. Marianthi Tsakaldimi
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.

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  • degraded forest
  • ecological forest restoration
  • observation technology
  • plant–soil feedback
  • sustainable forestry
  • silvicultural measures
  • optimization of forest structure and function

Published Papers

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