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Special Issue in Sustainability journal on URGENT topics

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  • 2022-12-05

The Special Issue ""Frontiers in Ecosystem Services: Planning the Changing Urban Landscapes" (editors, Viviana Pappalardo, Daniele La Rosa, University of Catania, Italy) aims to cover the latest frontiers in managing ecosystem services to support real-life decision-making processes at the levels of spatial planning, urban policymaking, and urban landscape design, in light of current challenges faced by cities worldwide.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit original research articles, case studies, and critical essays on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • New interdisciplinary and integrated analytical tools, spatially explicit methods, experimental and modeling approaches to investigate and address questions involving both ecosystem services and human well-being in urban areas;
  • Green infrastructure planning “value” and its impact on health, social, economic, and environmental outcomes, including new framework and methods for monitoring the implementation of planning and policy tools at a local scale;
  • Heuristic perspectives toward cross-boundary approaches and scaling of environmental problems and policies with a focus on urban landscapes;
  • Advanced use of indicators of urban landscape sustainability policymaking to overcome limitations of comparative research and support field-based study, incorporating knowledge of the variability, thresholds, drivers, and cross-scale linkages of ecosystems’ functions and services relevant to the well-being of urban dwellers;
  • Planning regimes’ strengths and weaknesses to realize opportunities in urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services in developing countries;
  • Rethinking ecosystem services and trade-off for shrinking urban landscapes;
  • Collaboration and policy co-production with communities in the use of spatial planning tools and urban design practice to promote sustainable neighborhoods;
  • New frontiers in managing ecosystem services to increase urban climate and pandemic resilience according to different geographical and social contexts; 

The complete call is available at:
Sustainability | Special Issue : Frontiers in Ecosystem Services: Planning the Changing Urban Landscapes (mdpi.com)