GOAL 15: Life on Land (Sustainable Development Goals)

  • Call for paper submission - Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Grassland Ecosystem"

    Posted By: STi Forum

    Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, Grassland covers 51% of the world’s land surface, and is among the most prominent biogeographic regions on the Earth for human welfare and livestock. The alpine pasture parts of grasslands are pronounced areas of high-altitude ecosystems, and are important in terms of climate change. The distribution of alpine pastures makes them fragile and sensitive to climate change, in order to ensure sustainable alpine pasture management. Nutrient rich grasslands and herbaceous vegetation play an important role in determining the grazing patterns of livestock, distribution of herbivore population, interlinkages with other trophic levels, and overall ecosystem health and stability. Common practices for detecting grass canopy properties, such as leaf area index, and biomass and chlorophyll content, require detailed sampling, biomass removal, and field settings. Because of the laborious job and inadequate data that is not representative of the population spatially, surveying and mapping techniques, like remote sensing, for estimating grass canopy properties in varying spatial and temporal scales, are therefore critical for a better understanding of grassland productivity, livestock population, and in response to the changing climate system, among other biophysical attributes. Satellite derived information can provide information to meet the requirements, through the involvement of all actors (livestock farmers and herdsmen/grazers; pastoral systems; and conservation specialists, researchers, and the mangers of protected areas). For these reasons, more research is warranted in order to better understand the capabilities and limits of the different sensor platforms and the retrieval algorithms for the inventory, monitoring, and management of grassland resources. This Special Issue is focused on advancing the range of remote sensing-based techniques for grassland characteristics, covering a wide variety of applications like carbon sequestration, vegetation–climate feedbacks, forage production, and so, but they are not limited to sites, data, and scales. We would like to invite you to submit articles about your recent research with respect to the following topics under three broad challenges. To Read More please visit the website....

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  • UN Biodiversity Summit

    Posted By: STi Forum

    The United Nations Summit on Biodiversity will be convened by the President of the General Assembly on 30 September 2020, at the level of Heads of State and Government under the theme of “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development.” Our societies are intimately linked with and depend on biodiversity. Its loss and the degradation of its contributions to people jeopardize progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of the relationship between people and nature. The Summit will highlight the crisis facing humanity from the degradation of biodiversity and the urgent need to accelerate action on biodiversity for sustainable development. It will provide an opportunity for Heads of State and Government and other leaders to raise ambition for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in 2021. This framework, and its effective implementation, must put nature on a path to recovery by 2030 to meet the SDGs and realize the Vision of “Living in harmony with nature”. The Scope, Modalities, Format and Organization of the Summit have been set out in General Assembly Resolution 74/269, and by decision 74/562 on the High-Level Meetings during the 75th session of the Assembly.

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  • JOIN THE GLF BIODIVERSITY DIGITAL CONFERENCE

    Posted By: STi Forum

    Contribute to shaping the agenda for the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and the upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. With critical conferences canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to continue to identify and share solutions together. This is the moment to raise your voice and influence the global agenda. See ticket prices below.

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