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New Deadline!! Call for papers for Special Issue "Water and Human Settlements of the Future"

NEW DEADLINE: 30 April 2022!!! The Special Issue on global water challenges is grounded in the knowledge and research activities developed in the frame of the VIII Phase (2014–2021) of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO, specifically on the thematic area of water and human settlements of the future.

Barcelona, Nov 10, 2021

Cities worldwide are exposed to major interconnected challenges such as urbanization, population growth, climate change, and the depletion of natural resources. Water is a central component of these present and future challenges, and is fundamental for sustainable urban development. A growing number of cities are facing challenges in managing their water resources and services due to water scarcity and an increase in water demand; moreover, the growing frequency and magnitude of climate-induced water hazards such as flood and droughts is threatening urban livelihoods, populations, infrastructures, and ecosystems. The aforementioned water issues are even more crucial in cities of developing countries, and particularly for informal settlements and peri-urban areas.

The Special Issue aims at collecting original research and literature review articles on the state of the art and recent theoretical advances on water research, policy, and practice in cities worldwide, in relation to major global challenges and responses/solutions to these challenges.

We particularly welcome articles related to integrated urban water management, water and urban metabolism, water-sensitive cities and sponge cities, urban biodiversity and nature-based solutions for climate and health emergency, and water circular economy, including articles with specific focus on policies, strategies, actions, and appropriate technologies. Connections between traditional ecological knowledge and ancestral hydro-technologies with nature-based solutions, and articles with a focus on developing context and informal settlements are also very welcome.

Dr. Jordi Morato Farreras

Prof. Nicola Tollin

Dr. Alexandros Makarigakis

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 30, 2022. Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


· Integrated water urban management

· Water and urban metabolism

· Water-sensitive cities

· Sponge cities

· Water policies

· Water action in cities

· Climate adaptation

· Disaster risk reduction

· Urban resilience

· Urban ecosystem services

· Urban biodiversity

· Nature-based solutions

· Blue-green infrastructures

· Water circular economy

· Urban–rural interlinkages

· Informal settlements

· Ancestral hydro-technologies

More info: here.

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