3a. Life on land – ensuring sustainable development without compromising terrestrial biodiversity

Track Chairs

Goals and Objectives and Areas of the Track

Healthy, resilient ecosystems and their services are usually considered essential but often neglected requirements for successful sustainable development. Conservation of biodiversity will help provide essential ecosystem services, as well as resources for societal development, but in the urgent rush to promote economic development, the accompanying threats to biodiversity and ecological integrity are often ignored where short-term “development” undermine the longer term prospects for sustainable development. How then to ensure societies can develop sustainably at the same time as terrestrial ecosystems are successfully managed to conserve biodiversity? This track thus, aims to investigate how threats to ecological integrity, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems can be managed to simultaneously support sustainable development in a variety of contexts.

This track will focus on research that demonstrates strategies to conserve terrestrial biodiversity that supports the sustainable development of human communities. Papers are  invited that

  • Demonstrate how loss of biodiversity can adversely affect sustainable development
  • Demonstrate strategies for successful conservation of biodiversity on land that can support sustainable development of communities
  • Highlight innovative strategies for conservation, especially in developing countries where there are threats to biodiversity conservation

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to one of the areas pointed out above) within 300 and 500 words

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g. intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“ACCELERATING PROGRESS TOWARDS SDG’s IN TIMES OF CRISIS”).

Abstracts which do not outline points 3.a.) AND 3.b.) might not be given special consideration in the selection for potential publications and might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

With regard to potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions we will explore options for a dedicated special issue in a relevant scientific journal.


Please submit your abstract by visiting the abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first) at


Extended deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2021

PLEASE CONSIDER ALSO A PARTICIPATION IN OUR PHD-WORKSHOP! https://2021.isdrsconferences.org/phd-workshop/