This Sustainability Special Issue on Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas aims to gather relevant studies about the use and valorization of mountain resources in order to foster the sustainable development of these areas, both in developed and developing countries.

Deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 August 2021.

Mountain areas represent a natural, historical-cultural, and economic heritage of which the appropriate management is fundamental in order to promote the sustainable development of these territories and of the whole planet. This topic is an urgent challenge due to the rapid and unsettling anthropic and climatic events happening in the last several decades.

This Sustainability Special Issue on Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas aims to gather relevant studies about the use and valorization of mountain resources in order to foster the sustainable development of these areas, both in developed and developing countries. The relevance of the studies must go beyond academia and give practical recommendations to facilitate the sustainable development of mountain areas and the setting up of new and green development models. 

Papers that are related to any of the following topics are welcomed:

  • The study of biotic and abiotic resources for their sustainable management and/or conservation;
  • Policies and good practices for land use and management;
  • Valorization of anthroposphere, including agroecosystems, infrastructures, cultural and historical heritage, and their use and valorization (i.e., through tourism);
  • Resilience of mountain communities and risk management;
  • Innovative solutions for mountain areas development, tackling the challenges of climatic change.

This Special Issue aims to provide an innovative, socially engaged, reliable source of scientific information for both researchers and stakeholders in general, as well as policymakers and land-managers, strengthening the network within the mountain community.

The Special Issue is open to a broad range of disciplines and will consider a broad range of contributions (original articles, reviews, opinions, and perspectives).

More information.


Cover image by Quang Nguyen Vinh.

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