The United Nations has proposed 17 sustainable development goals, which present a clear challenge to not only national governments but also a wide range of stakeholders. Every nation has to implement these goals to achieve the agreed targets by 2030. Most of these are focused on the biophysical management of environments while others more oriented to socio-economic focus. Still, in general, they are interconnected because to achieve goals with an ecosystem focus, we need to consider the socio-economic aspect.
For example, environmental sustainability depends on the actions of land users such as farmers and forest managers, but also urban developments have significant effects on local land use. The environmental changes are nowadays clearly detectable by using global Earth observation systems and remote sensing technologies. Every scientific discipline faces the challenge of acting upon these SDGs, and they have the responsibility to provide all stakeholders with information that allows them to make informed choices. In this context, we promote a special issue on "Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals" to support the achievement of SDGs and help the involved stakeholders. We encourage the submission of research papers that address the main topic of the special issue, including those based on the exploitation of geospatial data. Among other, we expect contributions that can cover multi-disciplinary aspects such as i) the preservation of the natural heritage, ii) the sustainable development, iii) the improvement of the social resilience to environmental changes, iv) the application and development of geospatial techniques for the monitoring of land-use/land-changes, v) the socio-economical impacts of global climate changes.
Dr. Antonello Bonfante
Dr. Anna Brook
Dr. Antonio Pepe
Deadline for submission: 31 December 2020
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