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Call for Papers! Climate Change and Land Degradation and Early View Alert: Land Degradation & Development journal articles

Latest review articles from Land Degradation and Development Journal and call for papers:

Shixiong Cao, Chengqi Xia, Weiming Li, Junli Xian

Ecosystem degradation is a major cause of poverty, and poverty further aggravates ecosystem degradation through a feedback known as the “poverty trap” that can prevent sustainable socioeconomic development in ecologically fragile areas. However, most ecological restoration programs have failed to improve the lives of residents of the project areas because planners failed to understand the driving forces behind the poverty trap. Finding the threshold conditions for the poverty trap, which represent the conditions when the current state of a system changes to a new and inferior state, can help managers to avoid triggering the poverty trap in ecologically fragile areas. To avoid crossing the threshold, it’s necessary to understand the driving mechanisms responsible for the poverty trap so that managers can break the vicious cycle that undermines the effectiveness of ecological restoration. China’s ecological restoration has shown that integrating ecological restoration with measures that provide a sustainable livelihood for residents of program areas can achieve the win–win goal of ecological restoration and poverty alleviation. We found preliminary evidence that there is an income threshold for the poverty trap, and that raising incomes above this level may help residents of restoration areas escape the trap. The examples described in this paper provide valuable guidance for other countries that must achieve similar goals.

Duanyang Xu, Xiaoyu Zhang

Marijana Kapović Solomun,  Carla S.S. Ferreira, Nichole N. Barger, Radislav Tošić, Saša Eremija

Jhony Vendruscolo, Aldrin Martin Perez Marin, Evaldo dos Santos Felix, Karoline Ruiz Ferreira, Wanderson Cleiton Schmidt Cavalheiro, Izaias Médice Fernandes

Maria Raimondo, Concetta Nazzaro, Giuseppe Marotta, Francesco Caracciolo

Yanqing Lang, Xiaohuan Yang, Hongyan Cai

Frédérique Montfort, Agnès Bégué, Louise Leroux, Lilian Blanc, Valéry Gond, Armindo H. Cambule, Ivan A. D. Remane, Clovis Grinand

Xiaodong Gao, Hongchen Li, Xining Zhao

Rita Marcia D. S. P. Vieira, Javier Tomasella, Alexandre A. Barbosa, Minella A. Martins, Daniel A. Rodriguez, Fernanda S. D. Rezende, Felix Carriello, Marcos D. O. Santana

Junrui Zhang, Zhitao Zhang, Junying Chen, Haiying Chen, Jiming Jin, Jia Han, Xintao Wang, Zhishuang Song, Guangfei Wei

Call for Papers! Climate Change and Land Degradation


Land degradation includes many processes which singly or together reduce the quality of the land surface. The processes include soil erosion by wind, water and mass movements, salinization, acidification and soil sealing. These processes result in the loss of fertility, the loss of areas available to agriculture, and the loss of ecological services such as flood control. Off-site impacts are increasingly recognised such as flooding, sedimentation of reservoirs and harbours, and the pollution of freshwater systems. Climate change affects all processes that contribute to land degradation and likewise off-site impacts are strongly influenced by climate. Examples are the often-reported increasing intensity of rainfall events and the frequency of drought. Mitigation measures to combat changing climates have to be designed to cope with a range of possibilities. These measures need the support of government policies. This special issue will cover the following research topics:

  • Thresholds at which climate affects degradation
  • Modelling climate change and degradation
  • Climate change, degradation and poverty
  • On-the-farm mitigation measures to combat climate change
  • Distinguishing the impact of land use and climate change
  • Climate change and off-site impacts including connectivity
  • Risk analysis under changing climate
  • Land abandonment under climate change
  • Government policies and regulation in an era of climate change More details HERE

Call for Papers! Challenges and Opportunities of Global Land Restoration During the UN-Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030)


Land, and its various bio-physical complexities, is an essential life-supporting system, critical for human survival and wellbeing. Unfortunately, a substantial amount of land and associated resources have undergone degradation mainly due to human activities such as urbanization, industrialization and intensive agricultural practices. Climate change is another key factor affecting the resilience of the land system. All of these multiple drivers of change are not only affecting the ecological integrity of the land but also affecting the social, economic, and cultural dimensions of human development. Hence, as envisioned by the United Nations, ‘there has never been a more urgent need to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of land worldwide than now’ to attain the targets of UN-Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) and other international initiatives such as the ‘Bonn Challenge’ and the ‘UN- Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) to restore degraded land and achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN). However, in order to fulfil these ambitions, a well-coordinated approach with strategies that operate at different scales will be essential, and must include the active support of stakeholders varying from individuals to large-scale organizations and governments. Importantly, suitable policy formulation and implementation will be key to successful land restoration worldwide, and thus for the wellbeing of both humanity and our planet. In this context, we are organizing a Special Issue in Land Degradation & DevelopmentChallenges and Opportunities of Global Land Restoration During the UN-Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) to report the current status of land degradation and restoration across the globe, lessons learned from various nations and biogeographical locations, to formulate global action plans and showcase some of the most innovative strategies for accelerating the restoration of degraded land worldwide, to attain UN-SDGs by the year 2030.

This Special Issue aims to publish original and innovative papers as well as reviews, meta-analyses, and opinion papers on the following topics:

  • Current status and trends of land degradation across the globe/ hotspots of land degradation
  • Traditional land management practices (including indigenous and local knowledge) for enhancing resilience and system productivity
  • Adaptive and climate resilient land management practices
  • Nature-based solutions and ecosystem based approaches for enhancing system stability and land restoration
  • Participatory land governance for attaining UN-SDGs
  • Role of artificial intelligence and ICTs in land system management and halting land degradation
  • Current status/success stories of land restoration from various parts of the world/ ongoing national, regional, and international initiatives for land restoration
  • Integrated methods for the restoration of all kind of degraded land i.e. forest/riparian/ agricultural/coastal etc. and operational guidelines for restoring different types of degraded land (including marginal and wasteland)
  • Policy mechanisms for land restoration: national, regional and global status
  • Strategies for enhancing stakeholder involvement in land restoration (i.e. land restoration for supporting a bioeconomy/ biobased enterprises  More details HERE