The Journal of Resources and Ecology published a special issue on Climate, Ecosystems and Livelihood in Africa in May 2018 in Volume 9, No. 3. The Journal is hosted by the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Society of Natural Resources, and the Ecological Society of China. The Journal is indexed by BioOne, Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD), China Academic Journal Network Publishing Database, Chinese Academic Journal Comprehensive Evaluation Database, and Wanfang Data Digital Periodicals.

The guest editors for this special issue are Dr. Jian Liu, Chief Scientist of United Nations Environment, Dr. Linxiu Zhang, Director of United Nations Environment International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) and Dr. Fadong Li, Researcher of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The special issue includes a series of articles from the scientists and researchers of the UNEP-IEMP, covering the areas that IEMP have been engaged in, particularly the research work within the framework of the decade-long Flagship Program on Climate, Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CEL). UNEP-IEMP has launched several major initiatives that lay the foundation for delivering the nexus approach of CEL in Africa and more ambitious cooperation should be taken through a broad China-Africa partnership, based on existing institutions, networks, and on-going programmes in both Africa and China.

The Journal begins with three articles that introduce the Flagship Program of CEL and its nexus approach and then presents a number of more country-specific research works, such as Understanding Agriculture Production and Food Security in Ethiopia from the Perspective of China,Combating Desertification and Improving Local Livelihoods through the GGWI in the Sahel Region: The Example of Senegal, and Determination of the Status of Desertification in the Capital of Mauritania and Development of A Strategy for Combating It.