Drylands, places where rainfall covers less than 60% of the water that evaporates, are key to maintaining and sustaining our planet. They occupy 41% of the Earth’s surface, contain large reserves of key resources (oil and minerals) and are home to almost 40% of the world’s population (90% of whom live in developing countries). They are particularly relevant because they are home to the world’s most vulnerable populations.
One of the main environmental problems facing humanity, desertification, is unique to drylands, which are also being heavily affected by climate change and the unsustainable use of resources such as water. Desertification is the irreversible deterioration of arid ecosystems due to climatic variations and inappropriate human activity. In 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) went into force. This convention was approved at the Rio Summit in 1992, together with other agreements on Biodiversity and Climate Change. These three issues were elevated to the highest level of global concern.
This monograph is open to contributions that analyse the various issues and challenges facing drylands in the coming years. At the end of the decade that the United Nations has devoted to deserts and desertification, and in view of the serious implications that global warming will have for these areas (the first of which is their expansion due to its effects on the level of desertification), we must consider the global importance of these territories, the problems they face, and the new opportunities that are emerging in order to achieve a more sustainable development of human populations.
Special monograph on drylands: Instructions for the submission of articles
Deadline for submission: 22 September 2021.
Publication due date: volume 1, 2022.
Submission languages: Catalan, Spanish, or English.
Length: 16,000 – 20,000 characters (including spaces and bibliographical references). For more information, check the Author guidelines.
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