Call for papers

Environmental Conservation thematic issue on Humans and island environments

Islands are at the forefront of many of the environmental issues that the world is facing. Climate change is already impacting the livelihoods and wellbeing of islanders, and may soon threaten the very existence of some islands. Species extinctions have been mainly on islands, driven by invasive species, habitat loss and human exploitation, and climate change is predicted to have a greater role in extinctions through this century. The threats facing islands have spurred calls for greater action on climate change and islands nations played a key role in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Many islands are also making big advances in protecting both terrestrial and marine biodiversity, and pushing for a more sustainable development route, with these efforts frequently being led by local island communities.

To provide a forum for discussion and debate on all aspects of ‘humans and island environments’, the Foundation for Environmental Conservation (FEC) is planning the 7th International Conference on Environmental Future (7ICEF, provisionally 17-21 July 2017) which will bring together islanders, researchers, managers and NGOs from a broad array of disciplines and fields. The overarching questions for the conference are: How have islands aided our understanding of human-environment interactions? What are the latest directions in island biological and cultural conservation? Where should island conservation efforts be focused? What conservation lessons do islands have for the rest of the world?

Major reviews are being commissioned by the FEC to provide keynote and discussion material at the 7ICEF and this themed issue will help further broaden the background for this conference. Papers of interest may address, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • What is the importance of islands to environmental conservation?
  • How have humans changed island ecosystems through history?
  • What are the future challenges for island ecology and evolution?
  • How can islands balance development with sustainability, and improve human wellbeing?
  • What role can the humanities play in island conservation?
  • How does governance and management affect environmental outcomes on islands?
  • How can indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) improve island environmental futures?
  • What is the role of environmental education on islands?
  • How can we build resilient island communities in the face of climate change?
  • How well are island conservation issues addressed in international conventions and agreements?
  • What lessons have we learnt from extinctions on islands and how can this contribute to setting baselines for restoration?
  • What are the best strategies for managing invasive species on islands?

Managing Editor
Professor Nick Polunin (Newcastle University, UK; polunin@btinternet.com )

Submission Guidelines
Only original and unpublished high-quality research papers are considered, and manuscripts must be in English. Standard Research papers (max 6000 words) are of particular interest but Reviews (Max 8000 words), Reports (max 4000 words) and Comments (max 2000 words) may also be submitted.

Instructions for Contributors

Submit your paper

Be sure to indicate at submission that your paper is for “Themed Issue on Humans and island environments”. All papers will be submitted to a rigorous peer-review process and the mere fact that they are part of a themed issue (solicited or not) does not guarantee acceptance. All contributors must commit themselves to the schedule of dates below, otherwise their paper may not be included in the theme, but could be included in a later issues as a stand-alone paper.

Important Dates please note revised dates in red
Manuscript submission deadline: 1st June 2016 1st August 2016
Submission of final revised paper: 1st December 2016 1st March 2017
Expected publication: March – June 2017 Dec 2017