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Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation and Ecosystem Adaptation in Silk Road Economic Belt

Ecosystem Health and Sustainability Journal Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 15 January 2020

Since it was launched in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has gained increasing influence and was regarded as a major change maker for the future of global development and sustainability, particularly in participating countries (Ascensao et al., 2018).  BRI has become an open platform for all countries and regions that are willing to contribute to global connectivity, and involves roughly two-thirds of the global population and one-third of the global economy (Chin and He, 2016). However, ever since the introduction of BRI, there has been concerns over its potential climate change and ecological impacts in the Belt and Road region, and the implications on global sustainability

The objective of this thematic issue is to develop a comprehensive knowledge on climate and environmental changes in the Silk Road Economic Belt (including countries alongside the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road) by bring together state-of-art research and views on climate change patterns, trends, risk, impacts, adaptation and greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions.

Potential topics for this thematic issue will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Climate change projections and impacts in key regions and countries in Silk Road Economic Belt;
  • Energy-related carbon emissions and energy efficiencies in key regions and countries in Silk Road Economic Belt;
  • Greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission from major sources and mitigation options for prior sectors in major regions and countries across the Silk Road Economic Belt;
  • Regional integrated scenario analyses in Silk Road Economic Belt combining the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP) and climate pathways;
  • Climate change risks, vulnerabilities and adaptations in Silk Road Economic Belt;
  • Mechanisms for enhancing ecosystem resilience to climate change, including but not limited to case studies on the role of policies, strategies and planning, ecosystem-based adaptation, and community-based adaptation, in major countries in Silk Road Economic Belt; and
  • Nexus of GHG mitigation, adaptation, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in key regions and countries in Silk Road Economic Belt.

Studies with cross-scale, multi-sectoral, integrative and interdisciplinary analyses and submissions by international teams of scientists from both developed and developing countries are particularly welcome. 


Ecosystem Health and Sustainability

Table of Contents for Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-UK

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

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Submission guidelines


Full paper submission begin: September 15, 2019

Full paper submission deadline: January 15, 2020

Tentative date for publication: As soon as accepted (VSI)

* All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. The papers will be published one by one. Once a paper is accepted after a peer-review, it will be published immediately online. After all the papers are published, they will be linked online together as a Special Issue.

Editorial Information

Guest Editors:

Minpeng CHEN, Professor, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University of China, 100872 Beijing, China

Jackson EWING,  Senior Fellow, The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Adjunct Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA

Sebastian Lakner, Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Göttingen, 37073, Göttingen, Germany

Wei LIU, Research Scholar, Risk and Resilience Program, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), 2361 Laxenburg, Austria

Fei TENG, Associate Professor, Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing, China

Lei ZHANG, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Renmin University of China, 100872 Beijing, China

Published on 9th. Last updated on 21st