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Nature-Based Solutions for Wastewater Treatment and Polluted/Degraded Ecosystem Restoration

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 231

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Biotechnological Management of Resources, Institute of Ecology, Xalapa, Veracruz 91073, Mexico
Interests: nature-based solutions; phytoremediation; phycoremediation; restoration of polluted water bodies; environmental biotechnology

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Department of Biotechnological Management of Resources, Institute of Ecology, Xalapa, Veracruz 91073, Mexico
Interests: environmental technology; nature-based solutions; phytoremediation; waste recycling; biosorption

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ecosystem degradation and water pollution are global threats to the sustainability of flora, fauna and human mankind. Nature-based solutions (NBSs) are emerging as an important trend for developing low-cost and efficient technologies. However, there is still the need for more pilot plant and field studies to establish design parameters, various types of applications, large-scale performance evaluation and the demonstration of their socio-economic feasibility, among other important topics. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather in-depth information related to different NBSs oriented towards wastewater treatment and also to the restoration of degraded and/or polluted ecosystems. In this context, this Special Issue falls entirely within the scope of the journal Sustainability.

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

  • Non-conventional wastewater treatment technologies;
  • Various applications of phytoremediation;
  • Constructed wetlands;
  • Floating treatment wetlands;
  • Ecosystem services of artificial wetlands;
  • Phycoremediation of wastewater;
  • Various strategies for degraded ecosystem restoration;
  • Polluted ecosystems restoration.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Eugenia J. Olguín
Dr. Gloria Sánchez-Galván
Prof. Dr. Francisco Gabriel Acién Fernández
Guest Editors

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 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.


  • nature-based-solutions
  • wastewater treatment
  • phytoremediation
  • phycoremediation
  • ecosystem services
  • ecosystem restoration
  • pollution mitigation

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