Special Issue "Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs II"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 June 2023) | Viewed by 2729

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Thapar School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala 147004, India
Interests: land restoration and management; biodiversity conservation; remote sensing and gis application; biomass & bioenergy; sustainability analysis; agroforestry; urban forestry
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Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Applied Sciences and Humanities, GLA University, Mathura 281406, UP, India
Interests: land restoration; biomonitoring, bioremediation and bioeconomy; plant-microbe-pollutant interactions
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Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, Goa 403726, India
Interests: climate change; public policy; climate policy; greenhouse gas inventory, impact, vulnerability & adaptation (IVA) assessment; energy policy; forestry and land-use change
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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor Barat 16115, Indonesia
Interests: forest landscape restoration; landscape sustainability, biodiversity, ecosystem services; forest biomass; bioenergy and carbon sequestration
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Department of Applied Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Sharjah, Sharjah P.O. Box 27272, United Arab Emirates
Interests: invasive biology; restoration of arid deserts; plant propagation; reproductive ecology; natural resource exploitation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Special Issue of Land on “Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain UN-SDGs II”.

Land is a complex and dynamic bio-physical system that maintains essential planetary functions and vital ecosystem services such as biodiversity maintenance, water and nutrient cycling, climate regulation, food, fibre and fuel production, as well as providing space for human habitation and other development activities. Unfortunately, land degradation due to various direct and indirect drivers (i.e. industrialization, rapid urbanization, intensive agricultural activities, climatic change, etc.) are negatively affecting the homeostasis of land systems and thereby reducing the ecosystem services offered by land for a good quality of life and human well-being. Hence the sustainable management of land resources is imperative for attaining various Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs), which are the blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all, and addressing the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Fortunately, there is a growing momentum for the restoration of degraded land across the world and especially the concept of forest landscape restoration (FLR) is rapidly gaining attention as a unifying theme in many national and subnational forestry programs. In this context, the present Special Issue on“Restoring Degraded Lands to Attain the UN-SDGs” aims to address the sustainability challenges of land degradation and showcase innovative and promising practices and success stories from across the world for restoring degraded lands to attain global sustainability by 2030.

Dr. Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash
Dr. Sheikh Adil Edrisi
Dr. Vishal Tripathi
Dr. Rajiv K Chaturvedi
Dr. Himlal Baral
Prof. Dr. Ali El-Keblawy
Guest Editors

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  • adaptive land management
  • bioenergy production and bioeconomy
  • bioremediation and biomonitoring
  • climate change mitigation
  • drivers of land degradation
  • ecosystem services
  • forest landscape restoration
  • integrated restoration measures
  • land systems and good quality of life
  • policy measures
  • remote sensing and GIS application
  • restoration of marginal and degraded lands
  • restoration of mined areas
  • restoration methods and processes
  • restoration monitoring
  • restoration of polluted and agricultural lands
  • social impact assessment
  • stakeholder involvement
  • traditional ecological knowledge

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Integrating Short Rotation Woody Crops into Conventional Agricultural Practices in the Southeastern United States: A Review
Land 2023, 12(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/land12010010 - 21 Dec 2022
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One of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDGs) aims is to enhance access to clean energy. In addition, other SDGs are directly related to the restoration of degraded soils to improve on-farm productivity and land management. Integrating Short Rotation Woody Crops (SRWC) [...] Read more.
One of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDGs) aims is to enhance access to clean energy. In addition, other SDGs are directly related to the restoration of degraded soils to improve on-farm productivity and land management. Integrating Short Rotation Woody Crops (SRWC) for bioenergy into conventional agriculture provides opportunities for sustainable domestic energy production, rural economic development/diversification, and restoration of soil health and biodiversity. Extensive research efforts have been carried out on the development of SRWC for bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts. Recently, broader objectives that include multiple ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, and land mine reclamation are being explored. Yet, limited research is available on the benefits of establishing SRWC on degraded agricultural lands in the southeastern U.S. thereby contributing to environmental goals. This paper presents a literature review to (1) synthesize the patterns and trends in SWRC bioenergy production; (2) highlight the benefits of integrating short rotation woody crops into row crop agriculture; and (3) identify emerging technologies for efficiently managing the integrated system, while identifying research gaps. Our findings show that integrating SRWC into agricultural systems can potentially improve the climate of agricultural landscapes and enhance regional and national carbon stocks in terrestrial systems. Full article
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