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Sustainable Development and Land Use Change in Tropical Ecosystems

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2025 | Viewed by 190

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Institute for Agriculture and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISAFOM), Via Madonna Alta 128, 06128 Perugia, PG, Italy
Interests: climate change adaptation; climate change mitigation; sustainable development; food security; carbon cycle; agroforestry; land use change; climate change impacts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land use and sustainable development play a crucial role in tropical ecosystems due to their fragile nature. Proper land management could dampen the anthropic pressure preserving natural resources, reducing deforestation, and helping to mitigate the impact of climate change. Sustainable practices such as agroforestry, reforestation, and sustainable forest management promote ecosystem resilience and support local communities’ livelihoods, fostering long-term environmental stability and socio-economic well-being in tropical regions.

This Special Issue aims to gather groundbreaking outcomes from innovative research and welcomes studies adopting various methodologies including remote sensing, GIS, modelling, and on-field assessment and inventory resources. Diverse approaches and perspectives are encouraged to deepen themes related to sustainable development, particularly in rural communities living in tropical ecosystems with impacts on land use change, environmental resource management, food security, adaptation, and mitigation strategies to face climate change.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Observationally based impacts of land use change on rural communities and natural resources;
  • Adaptation and mitigation strategies in tropical ecosystems;
  • Socio-economic effects of land use change for rural communities;
  • Nature-based solutions and best practices for rural communities’ sustainable development;
  • Forestry and agroforestry in sustainable land management strategies.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Elisa Grieco
Guest Editor

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  • climate change
  • agroforestry
  • sustainable development
  • land use change
  • rural communities
  • adaptation
  • mitigation
  • tropical ecosystems
  • nature-based solutions
  • forest management

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