Special Issue "Synergies and Trade-Offs between Nature Conservation and Climate Mitigation in European Beech Forests"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1575
Interests: forest ecology; nitrogen and carbon cycling; biodiversity; forest understory vegetation; air pollution impacts in forests; long-term ecosystem research; LTER; ecological modelling
Interests: forestry; soil; soil carbon
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Special Issue in Forests: The Role of Forests for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
With its EU Green Deal, the European Commission provides a strategy to face two of the most critical challenges of our time—the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis. Since forests sequester a significant share of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from fossil fuel burning and preserve diverse forest habitats for a multitude of species, they are considered to play a significant role in reaching the targets of the strategy. However, is it actually possible to truly integrate climate and biodiversity objectives in forests—and if so, how? With this Special Issue, we provide the floor to reconcile scientific and stakeholder controversies in order to put different views into a state-of-the-art scientific perspective. We focus on European beech (dominant and mixed) forests. Because beech is widespread, it has been replaced by other species such as the Norway spruce in many regions, and as it is affected by drought, it is currently being promoted as an adaptation to climatic changes. In addition, beech forests include priority habitats and species according to the EU’s Flora, Fauna, and Habitats Directive. We aim to include studies addressing the entire breadth of the challenges: beech forest sensitivity as well as adaptation to climate change, beech forests as GHG sinks, beech wood technology and marketing, beech forest conservation and biodiversity studies and specifically integrated management for climate mitigation and biodiversity.
Dr. Thomas Dirnböck
Dr. Robert Jandl
Dr. Hanns Kirchmeir
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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. 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.
- European beech
- Fagus sylvatica
- climate mitigation
- greenhouse gas
- forest biodiversity
- forest nature conservation
- forest management
- forest adaptation
- beech wood