Special Issue "Geoparks as a Form of Tourism Space Management II"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 December 2023 | Viewed by 569

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Maria Curie Sklodowska University, 20-718 Lublin, Poland
Interests: hillslope geomorphology; geochemistry; heavy metals; geotourism; geoheritage; landscape ecology; soil and gully erosion
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Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Kraśnicka Av. 2d, 20-718 Lublin, Poland
Interests: spatial planning; management of rural areas; tourism and leisure; geoturism; landscape ecology; land use changes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, in many parts of the world, an intensive development of tourism based on the values of geoheritage has been observed. This phenomenon should be assessed positively due to the fact that geotourism is not a form of mass tourism and therefore creates the possibility of sustainable development of certain areas, without threatening the values of their environment. Geotourism is implemented mainly on the basis of geoparks. Their international importance increased significantly after the approval of the UNESCO Global Geopark concept in 2015. At that time, the necessity of holistic management of geosites and landscapes, which can be realized within geoparks, was recognized. Their important function is the education of tourists in the field of Earth sciences, based on geological exposures, landforms, and viewpoints occurring in their areas. An additional advantage could be the presence of archaeological, ecological, historical, and cultural values in these areas. The increase in tourist traffic can also be an opportunity for the economic development of areas that have not been visited in large numbers so far. A necessary condition is the proper spatial planning and management of the space used by tourists and the preparation of appropriate infrastructure. Geoparks can therefore be treated as functional areas—spatial structures consisting of functionally related areas with uniform development goals.

This Special Issue welcomes papers focusing on topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Development of geopark networks in individual countries;
  • Assessment of the impact of geotourism on the use of landscapes;
  • The role of spatial planning in geotourism;
  • Good practices in geopark management;
  • Problems of education in the field of geoheritage.

Prof. Dr. Wojciech Zgłobicki 
Dr. Bogusława Baran-Zgłobicka
Guest Editors

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  • geotourism
  • geoheritage
  • geoconservation
  • geoparks
  • spatial management
  • sustainable development

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