Special Issue "Modernizing Agroforestry Ecosystems: Innovations for Improvements at Scale"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 August 2023) | Viewed by 413

Special Issue Editors

Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai 792103, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Interests: forest ecology; natural resource management; soil fertility; environmental science; plant ecology; agrobiodiversity; ecosystem services; vegetation dynamics; agroforestry systems
Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Brasília 71600-500, Brazil
Interests: Brazilian Amazon; afforestation; tropical deforestation; agroforestry ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The need for better land use management to meet the multiple needs of local communities, without exceeding the "safe operating space of planetary boundaries" is unprecedented in the history of mankind. Given the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030 and the approaching 2030 deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), out-of-the-box thinking and innovations are required to raise awareness, build capacity, restore and protect degraded areas, and modernize traditional land use systems to face the current development challenges. Agroforestry systems (AFS), as part of a multifunctional working landscape, are globally recognized as sustainable production alternatives in agriculture. Sharing and scaling improvements in AFS can play a vital role in contributing to the carbon neutrality goals by 2050, and conserving and enhancing biodiversity from the farms to the landscape level. Agroforestry Systems, represent Nature-based Solutions for mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss. They epitomize crop diversification and sustainability and act as an effective framework for achieving SDGs 2, 13, and 15. This Special Issue focuses on showcasing the recent research on innovative agroforestry practices to achieve the SDGs.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Agroforestry and Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Food system transformation through agroforestry;
  • Overcoming the limitations in agroforestry (market, inputs, knowledge) so that agroforestry can be economically viable and scalable;
  • Market innovations to make agroforestry more economically viable, like certification or value addition;
  • Agroforestry for climate change mitigation and for countering farmland biodiversity erosion;
  • Plant diversity and biological carbon sequestration;
  • Fertilizer reduction or innovation for soil health through agroforestry;
  • Digital inclusion and the use of technology for information sharing, and diversification of crops/trees.

Dr. B. Mohan Kumar
Dr. Wendy Francesconi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biological carbon sequestration
  • carbon neutrality
  • ecorestoration
  • ecosystem services
  • multifunctional landscapes
  • tree-crop interactions
  • nature-based solutions
  • site specific agroforestry systems
  • soil health
  • sustainable development goals

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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