The journal CABI Agriculture and Bioscience invites contributions from the mountain research community to a thematic series on 'Nature-based solutions to climate change.'

Submission deadline 31 December 2021.

Guest Edited by: Pablo A. Marquet1, Ek del Val de Gortari2, Simoneta Negrete-Yankelevich& Elisabetta Gotor4

1 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; 2 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México; 3 The Institute of Ecology (INECOL), México; 4 The Alliance between Bioversity International and CIAT, Italy

Aims and Scope: The reduction of Green House Gas emissions associated with electricity generation and fossil fuel consumption, are the most important measures for mitigating the current climate transformation and achieving the Paris Agreement goals. Recently, however, other complementary actions based on reducing emissions and enhancing carbon capture and sequestration in ecosystems have gained momentum, as a consequence of them being cross-cutting to different sectors (e.g., agriculture, livestock production, forestry, fisheries) and generating multiple co-benefits for biodiversity (including humans), which enhances the provision of key ecosystem services. These are the so-called Nature-Based Solutions (NbS), Natural Climate Solutions or Biodiversity-Based Solutions. Recent estimates suggest that these Natural Climate Solutions can provide around one-third of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed between now and 2030, to keep warming below 2°C. These emphasize an ecosystem approach enshrined in our scientific understanding of the carbon, nitrogen and water cycles, which underpin both the mitigation proposals emanating from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and those proposed by the IPCC Working Group III (WGIII). Nature-based solutions provide cost-effective mitigation options, emphasizing the enhancement of carbon sinks and their co-benefits for people (e.g. improved food security) and the rest of biodiversity. 

In this special collection we aim at providing a birds eye assessment of NbS in ecosystems and industries across the world, as well as presenting in-depth assessments of case studies in different regions, highlighting successes as well as cases where implementation barriers have led to failure.

Manuscripts considered: This collection solicits high-quality manuscripts on (but not limited to):

  • NbS in different industries (agriculture, livestock, aquaculture etc.)
  • NbS in the ocean ecosystems
  • NbS in soil ecosystems
  • NbS in wetland ecosystems
  • Protected areas and NbS
  • Management of the Nitrogen cycle
  • Fire management as a NbS
  • The role of indigenous and local communities in NbS
  • Role of ecosystem restoration as a NbS
  • Case studies and country level assessments highlighting successes as well as failures
  • Models of NbS adoption and tradeoffs

Submission Instructions: Prior to submission, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for the journal. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection, please select 'Nature-based solutions to climate change' in the drop-down menu upon submission; in addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish for your manuscript to be considered within this thematic series. 

All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection. 

Find more information here.

Submission deadline 31 December 2021.

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 Image by Daniel Ramirez.

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