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LAND open access journal and Special Issue "Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) invite you to submit your research"

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals aimed to be the roadmap for society to move from the exploitation to the sustainable use of our planet’s resources and from inequality, poverty, and hunger to a proper education and good life for all. A robust soil–water system is essential to achieve most of those SDGs. In this Special Issue, we want to focus on SDG15.3, which is part of SDG 15, Life on Land, and aims at achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and land restoration.

Ever since the SDGs were adopted by all UN members, it has been under discussion how to implement SDG 15.3. Although scientist and policymakers are still debating about the definition of Land Degradation, estimations show that 75% of the land worldwide is degraded. Therefore, urgent action is needed to find solutions that can be implemented on different levels of scale (global, national, regional, local) and at different institutional levels (implementation, governance, awareness building, financing), taking into account the stakeholders’ interests and culture and the availability of financial and natural capitals.

For this Special Issue, the editors invite papers addressing any of these topics:

  • LDN from a biophysical point of view:
    • Soil degradation and Land Degradation Neutrality target setting
    • Reviews on LDN processes
    • Soil- and land-related SDG indicators
    • Different scales of LDN implementation
    • Restoration versus halting degradation
    • LDN and tipping points
  • LDN from a governance point of view:
    • Soil and land degradation inventory and target setting
    • Land Stewardship
    • Instruments for awareness building
    • Soil and land degradation policy and management instruments and measures
    • Area approach and spatial planning instruments
    • Valorisation instruments for soil and land
    • Public–Private soil and land issues
    • Data monitoring and evaluation instruments
  • LDN from a societal point of view
    • Public–private cooperation in LDN implementation
    • LDN in relation to societal challenges
    • Awareness building instruments
    • Stakeholder involvement and LDN
  • LDN from a financial point of view
    • Business models to come to LDN
    • Natural Capital financing
    • Regenerative economy concepts
    • Funding instruments

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2019.

Further reading from Land open access journal and latest articles

Read one of the first articles for the Special issue

Soil-Related Sustainable Development Goals: Four Concepts to Make Land Degradation Neutrality and Restoration Work

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