Special Issue "Landscape Fragmentation and Sustainable Environmental Assessment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
Interests: rural landscape analysis and planning; land use planning; landscape fragmentation; environmental assessment; adaptation to climate changes; sustainable development
Interests: urban and regional planning; rural landscape analysis and planning; strategic environmental assessment; adaptation to climate changes and planning; resilience; ecological networks; green infrastructures; landscape fragmentation; sustainable development; landscape analysis and planning
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Landscape fragmentation (LF), i.e., the process where large habitat patches become smaller and more isolated, has been studied recently by a variety of scholars. Most of the time, LF negatively affects wild fauna and flora and depends mainly on human activities, such as deforestation, urbanization, and transport and mobility infrastructures. Spatial, landscape, and transport planning are typical instruments for designing defragmentation measures (such as ecological networks, green and blue infrastructures, etc.) in the perspective of the reduction of LF in rural, periurban, and urban contexts. As LF is a product of the interaction between human activity and the environment, the design of sustainable counteractions relays on the development of proper environmental assessment procedures, including environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA), and appropriate assessment (AA) concerning Natura 2000 sites. The integration of environmental assessment procedures since the early stages of the planning processes is key to the minimization of the effects connected to the increase of LF in a given area.
This Special Issue focuses on LF and sustainable environmental assessment. Authors are invited to submit original research articles concerning innovative approaches for (though not exclusively): defining and quantifying LF, integrating LF in planning contexts, and designing and addressing defragmentation measures. Essays should clarify the interplay between LF analysis and planning and environmental assessment processes.
Dr. Antonio Ledda
Prof. Andrea De Montis
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 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.
- landscape fragmentation
- fragmentation metrics
- environmental assessment
- spatial and transport planning
- defragmentation measures
- landscape ecology
- road ecology
- ecological network
- green and blue infrastructure
- rural, periurban, and urban landscape
- rural and urban settlement