Open Call: Special Issue - Degradation and Sustainable Management of Land

Dear member of the WOCAT network

The journal Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050, IF 1.789) is currently running a Special Issue entitled "Degradation and Sustainable Management of Land", for which I am serving as Guest Editor. As members of the extended WOCAT- Network ( we invite you to consider submitting a contribution, based on your extended expertise in different parts of the world.

As you know Sustainable Land Management (SLM) became a standard term shortly after the first UN Conference on Environment and Development, UNCED, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Since then, SLM has enhanced its importance and is a topic also in the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by the United Nations summit for the post-2015 development agenda held from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York. Although a great deal has been achieved in SLM globally, much more will have to be done at the technical, social, institutional, political and economic levels to ensure SLM for all renewable natural resources on all land use types around the world.

For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at:

The submission deadline is 31 January 2018. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (

Sustainability is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. Article Processing Charges of CHF 1400 (APC) apply to accepted papers.

For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website (

We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,

Hans Hurni, Prof. em.
Centre for Development and Environment University of Bern, Switzerland