This Special Issue of Land, guest edited by MRI SLC member Rob Marchant, aims to provide practitioners and policymakers with key information on the dynamics and changes in threatened ecosystems in order to help design and implement appropriate management strategies for sustainable mountain futures.

Deadline to submit is 30 December 2020. 

A Special Issue of the MDPI open access journal Land on 'Mountains Under Pressure' is inviting manuscript submissions. 

Montane forests and alpine ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and endemism, as well as being a large global carbon store. They are highly threatened by climate change, population growth, and land use change. Mountains provide an ideal natural laboratory to investigate the evolution of social–ecological systems, and to assess the current challenges and opportunities that this past evolution has created.

Mountains have been centres of past development and conduits for the spread of crops, populations, and technologies. They were and remain a locus for cultural interaction, as manifested recently in many parts of the world at the local level through pastoral–agricultural–urban interactions over access to space and resources, particularly water.

The relevance and impact of this Special Issue on mountains goes beyond academia, as practitioners and policymakers need key information on the dynamics and changes in threatened ecosystems to help design and implement appropriate management strategies for sustainable mountain futures.


Mountains, Social–ecological Systems. Development, Cultural Interaction, Pastoral–agricultural–urban Interactions, Water, Conservation.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rob Marchant, Guest Editor
York Institute for Tropical Ecosystems, Environment, Department, University of York, York, UK.
Interests: mountains; tropics; Africa; pollen; environmental change; ecosystem services; modelling; ecosystems; conservation

Dr. Aida Cuni-Sanchez, Guest Editor
Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, Heslington, York, UK.
Interests: tropical forest ecology; forest conservation; global environmental change; botany and ethnobotany; ecosystem services

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles, and short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge for publication in this open access journal is CHF 1000 (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.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2020.

Find out more and submit your manuscript.

Land is an open access journal covering all aspects of land science, and a pioneering platform for publishing on land system science. Land's editorial board is comprised of eminent scholars and it aims to publish high quality research and scholarship. By addressing important global issues across the broad sweep of land science, e.g., urbanization, land grabbing, and ecosystem services, Land promotes an understanding which will lead to solutions that will benefit human well-being and environmental sustainability.

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