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Special Issue "Sustainable Tourism and Use of Natural Resources – Contemporary Practices and Management Challenges"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 440

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jovana Brankov
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Guest Editor
1. Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
2. Institute of Sports, Tourism and Service, South Ural State University, 454080 Chelyabinsk, Russia
Interests: social geography; sustainable tourism; ecotourism; tourism management; community benefit; society and environment; water tourism; protected areas
Dr. Ana Milanović Pešić
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Guest Editor
Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: physical geography; hydrology; surface water; water quality assessment; water resources management; natural hazards
Dr. Claudete Oliveira Moreira
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Guest Editor
CEGOT, Department of Geography and Tourism, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Coimbra, 3004-530 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: tourism; destination management; heritage; leisure activities; tourism system; local regional and national tourism development; destination planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tourism, as a global reality, is highly dependent on the physical environment and a wide range of natural resources, including landscapes, water, soil, climate, wildlife, etc. It is generally believed that tourism presents a double-edged sword for the use and conservation of natural resources. Because it connects people with nature, it has a unique ability to spur environmental responsibility. If managed in a sustainable way it can also contribute to the conservation of natural resources and provide a social benefit for communities by improving living conditions. Therefore, natural heritage becomes an element capable of generating socioeconomic benefits of great relevance for the development of societies through its tourist use. On the other hand, if tourism is not sustainable (i.e., if it does not rely on the sustainable consumption and use of resources), it can have the opposite effect and devastate the environment it relies on. Considering this, any clarification of the positive/negative effects is helpful and leads to a better and more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between tourism and natural resources, and also provides valuable guidance in natural resource management.

This Special Issue focuses on the various ways in which tourism and natural resources relate. It will present analyses of the possibilities and challenges for the successful use of these resources in tourism, based on the principles of sustainable development. We invite authors, scientists, and professionals involved in the theoretical, methodological and practical studies of tourism and natural resources management to contribute articles that will stimulate the understanding and academic promotion of this topic. The multidisciplinary and integrative character will be one of the most appreciated attributes of this proposal, given that this topic usually requires the involvement of experts from several branches of science (tourism experts, geographers, biologists, planners, economists, etc.). The Special Issue is characterized by a wide scope, so all research presenting conceptualization or empirical work from various areas of knowledge on the use of any kind of natural resources (geological/geomorphological features, water resources, climate, biodiversity, soil, etc.) by tourism is welcome. All issues related to the socioeconomic and environmental aspects of the use of natural resources in tourism, as well as to the various obstacles, challenges and negative effects of their use, are also welcome in this Special Issue. We encourage the submission of original research articles offering interesting empirical insights and innovational theoretical contributions, as well as review articles.

The following list provides some examples of topics of interest, but is not limited to:

  • Contemporary trends in tourism based on physical environment;
  • Practices in the use of natural resources for sustainable tourism—case studies worldwide;
  • Protected areas and conservation of natural resources as a consequence of their use through tourist activity;
  • Regional development and community benefits through the use of natural resources for sustainable tourism;
  • Legal, institutional and planning regulations contributing to the sustainable use of natural resources in tourism;
  • Overconsumption and deterioration of natural resources as a consequence of tourism;
  • Crucial problems of sustainable use of natural resources in tourism in the world and proposals for relevant solutions;
  • Climate change and Nature-based tourism;
  • Water resources and Nature-based tourism.

Dr. Jovana Brankov
Dr. Ana Milanović Pešić
Dr. Claudete Oliveira Moreira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Sustainability 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 2200 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.


  • sustainable tourism
  • natural resources
  • nature-based tourism
  • ecotourism
  • tourism in protected areas
  • sustainable planning, management and development
  • protection and conservation
  • regional development
  • community benefits
  • natural resources degradation

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