This article collection in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation invites manuscripts on topics related to transformative change with a global view on how such transformative change can help achieve the 2050 vision of biodiversity.

Submission deadline 31 March 2022.

Guest Editors

Dirk S. Schmeller, EcoLab, Université de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, Toulouse, France
Peter Bridgewater, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK; and Institute for Applied Ecology and Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Bruce, ACT, Australia

Theme & Objective

The Transformative Change Assessment of IPBES will examine how better biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, ecosystem service delivery and restoration can be achieved, considering the totality of the socio-ecological system. In this regard, it is also important to understand and identify factors in human society at both the individual and collective levels, e.g., the tragedy of the commons exemplifies how individual self-interest can act against the common good of all. The assessment will then examine all the drivers and activities that may be leveraged to bring about transformative change in a growing human population.

As this is touching new ground, Biodiversity and Conservation invites manuscripts on topics related to transformative change with a global view on how such transformative change can help achieve the 2050 vision of biodiversity. This special issue on transformative change and closely linked issues, such as prioritization, time frame estimations, connectivity etc., will directly contribute to the work of IPBES and enable a nature conservation fit for purpose that allows for co-existence of people and the rest of biodiversity. We therefore invite interested colleagues to contact us with a short synopsis of a topic they would like to write as a review, original research article, commentary or a short communication for this special issue to be published before the IPBES-9 plenary planned in July 2022Students and Early Career Researchers are also encouraged to submit a short synopsis of their topic for consideration in this special issue.

Pre-submission enquiries are welcome.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 31, 2022

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: June 22, 2022
(Accepted articles will be made available Online First on an ongoing basis.)

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