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The Green-Blue Nexus: Forests, Landscapes and Services

Forest landscape

Forests are key ecosystems for the maintenance of biodiversity and the sustainable provision of ecosystem services (ES). Still, there are many gaps in our understanding of the functional role of forests at ecosystem and landscape scales. At the same time, green areas play a crucial role for the healthiness of urban and periurban areas, environmental regeneration and urban resilience, reducing the heat island effect and soil, air and water pollution.

"The Green-Blue Nexus" addresses the conflict between ‘Green’ provisioning services  (e.g. timber/biomass and forest by-products such as food and fodder) and ‘Blue’ regulating services (e.g. decontamination of drinking water and the regulation of flooding and erosion) in the context of impacts on biodiversity and the key ecological processes that enable the supply of these services. Moreover, design and management of open spaces and green areas are closely related with sustainability, peoples’ health and wellbeing, prevention, safety, and social inclusion in our living environments.

This series invites research that identifies, quantifies and qualifies forest ecosystem services operating at the landscape scale and discusses their temporal dynamics and their importance for ecosystem-scale valuation. The editors particularly welcome contributions that extend their reasoning to highlight implications for land use changes, management of forest ecosystems and the availability of ecosystem services at multiple scales. At the same time, the editors welcome contributions aimed at exploring the relationships at the basis of the green systems-health nexus, crosscutting research and practical experiences and policies bridging the landscape and green planning, health, and urban policies fields.

Articles in this series will include (but are not limited to) contributions from the conference ‘Healthy landscapes: green, regeneration, safety’ held in Bologna in June 2018.

Submission instructions

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2018

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the Submission Guidelines for Ecological Processes. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Ecological Processes submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate section in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'The Green-Blue Nexus: Forests, Landscapes and Services'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Lead Guest Editor

Christine Fürst, Martin Luther University, Germany

Guest Editor

Patrizia Tassinari, University of Bologna, Italy 


Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

For editorial enquiries please contact mark.principe@springernature.com.

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