Special Issue on Sustaining Himalayan Environment and Future Earth

Special Issue: Sustaining Himalayan Environment and Future Earth

Submission deadline: 31st August 2021.

Call for papers for the special issue

The Himalaya mountain is often referred to as the “water tower of the earth” and or the “the third pole” as it has the largest concentration of glaciers outside the Polar Regions supporting ~1.3 billion population in its river basins. The Himalaya is also known for their pristine landscapes, which are about two-thirds covered by the forests and support a rich floral and faunal diversity. Over the last decades, the Himalaya has observed unusual warming trends, coupled with the unprecedented growth of human population and infrastructure including road networks, hydro-dams, tourism activities, and urban growth and land use/cover change, etc. These have adversely impacted the Himalayan cryosphere and hydrology, ecology and environment, indigenous human systems, socio-economic-cultural ethos, and milieu. The glaciers and snow cover have reduced greatly, adversely influencing regional hydrology and agricultural systems. Geo-physical, hydro-meteorological hazards and disasters have become more frequent as a result of the tremendous growth of the human population and infrastructure. Besides, natural landscapes have been negatively impacted leading to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These adverse impacts on the Himalayan environment are expected to increase in the future as per the emission scenarios and expected growth of human population and intensification of infrastructure growth, which will have a chain reaction on the geophysical, hydro-meteorological, and socio-economic aspects of the Himalaya. Therefore, the present special issue “Sustaining Himalayan Environment and Future Earth” aims at discussing the past and future of the Himalayan environmental changes. 

In this special issue, we invite original and innovative researches, which we believe will serve as a milestone in understanding the complex Himalayan environment.

Guest Editors:

Prof. R.B. Singh, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, India, Email: [email protected]

Secretary General, International Geographical Union (IGU)

Dr. Suraj Mal, Department of Geography, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi-110017, India. Email: [email protected]

Dr. Pankaj Kumar, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, India. Email: [email protected]

Guidelines for article submission

The International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences is a UGC refereed journal and is an online and open access.

The papers under the special issue are accepted in the journal till 31st August 2021 and will be published by October-December 2021.  For submission details please refer to author guidelines at:

The articles can be submitted under the categories of Review, Research communication and Short communication.  Authors should clearly mention in the cover letter that the submission is for the special issue on Sustaining Himalayan Environment and Future Earth to enable the journal office to direct the manuscripts to the respective editors.