To achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels, countries aim to achieve net-zero carbon emissions or carbon neutrality by mid-century. While providing various benefits to humans, such as food, fiber, shelter, livelihood, and other vital renewable resources, global ecosystems also contribute to the release and capture of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and have an influence on the composition of GHGs. Destruction and degradation of natural ecosystems accounted for 12% to 20% of the CO2 released into the atmosphere globally. Hence, conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of the global ecosystems will provide great potential for the mitigation of climate change. In the meanwhile, many effective mitigation options are also relevant to ecosystems, such as afforestation, land-based measures, and nature-based solutions. Ecosystem-based options are frequently referred to in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to combat climate change and its effects. When done well, these options can provide many different benefits and thus deserve further investigation.
This special issue aims to explore the following research questions:
The topics include but are not limited to:
Submission underpinned by various research methods, including qualitative, quantitative, or mixed, are encouraged. Both empirical studies and conceptual investigations are welcomed. We particularly encourage submission spanning across multiple disciplines and geographical borders.
Minpeng Chen, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University of China, China
Jinfeng Chang,College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University, China
Nicklas Forsell, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
Aline Mosnier, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, France
Please indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for inclusion in the special issue.
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2023
Articles will appear below as they are published.