Special Issue "Environmental Impact of Nature-Based Tourism"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. David B. Croft

School of Biological Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
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Phone: 0889781131
Interests: animal behaviour, wildlife management, wildlife tourism, behavioural ecology, marsupials; kangaroos; wallabies; rat-kangaroos
Guest Editor
Dr. Isabelle D. Wolf

Centre for Ecosystem Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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Interests: socio-ecological systems; tourist behaviour; tourism and recreation management; green spaces; public participatory geographic information systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Ronda J. Green

(1) Wildlife Tourism Australia Inc, Australia;
(2) Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia
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Interests: wildlife tourism; animal-plant interactions; wildlife ecology and behaviour; biodiversity conservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Has tourism become more of a threatening process than an economic saviour in the conservation of the world’s most attractive ecosystems? Curiosity is the human condition. For most people exploring the world’s great natural wonders has, until recently, been a vicarious option through first explorer’s journals and then documentaries. Budget air travel and a burgeoning middle class has opened up most of the world to mass tourism. Is this footprint now too large for destinations to preserve their environmental values? Should we retreat to restricted access whether egalitarian (a lottery to entry) or elitist (a very high entry price)? To capitalize on the positive sides of tourism, knowledge is necessary on the relationship between visitor usage and environmental impacts, the management of this relationship and the promotion of low-impact variants of visitor behaviour. In this special issue we review the environmental impacts of tourism and present original research to tease out this relationship, which has become a pressing problem for some nations and a much searched topic on the internet. Our focus is nature-based tourism. We offer practical solutions to redress the adverse impacts of tourism where identified without being exhaustive on this large and complex problem. We invite papers presenting original research on this topic to add to and enhance this special issue.

Dr. David B. Croft
Dr. Isabelle D. Wolf
Dr. Ronda J. Green
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Nature-based Tourism
  • Wildlife Tourism
  • Visitor Impacts
  • Disturbance
  • Visitor Management
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Environmental Values

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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