Special Issue "Sustainability Governance: International Frameworks and Local Contributions with Special Consideration of Mountain Areas"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Harald Pechlaner
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Guest Editor
Head of Center, Center of Advances Studies, Eurac Research, Italy
Chair in Tourism, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Interests: sustainable development; tourism and culture; interdisciplinary analysis and policy
Dr. Stefan Schneiderbauer
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Guest Editor
Co-Head of GLOMOS Programme, Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS), Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University, Germany
Interests: climate and disaster risk management; social vulnerability and community resilience; sustainable development in mountain regions
Mrs. Paola Fontanella Pisa
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Guest Editor
Programme Associate GLOMOS, Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University, Germany
Interests: cultural and natural heritage; disaster memory and risk perception; social vulnerability and community resilience
Mr. Felix Windegger
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Guest Editor
Eurac Research, Center for Advanced Studies, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Interests: economics and social sciences; socio-ecological economics and policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims at addressing sustainability governance at the crossroads between international frameworks and local contributions, particularly in mountainous regions, focusing on the topics of tourism and natural resource management. The Special Issue reflects the guiding theme of the 1st edition of the Global Mountain Sustainability Forum (GMS Forum), which will take place on October 5–6, 2020, in Sesto/Sexten, Italy. This initiative has been advanced by Eurac Research’s Center for Advanced Studies in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for Environmental and Human Security (UNU-EHS), and within the framework of their joint Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) programme. This newly established conference series is designed to address challenges concerning sustainability in mountain regions. Mountains are the world’s “water towers”, providing multiple ecosystem services benefitting the livelihoods of communities that inhabit them as well as the adjacent communities. However, mountains are as important as they are susceptible to changing dynamics, and the impact of these changes will determine the future of ecosystem services to both highland and lowland communities. With the purpose of coping with the adverse effects of climate change, in combination with current economic and social changes, it is important to investigate solutions for sustainable governance of mountain areas.  

We welcome contributions from various disciplines, theoretical and empirical oriented research papers, using quantitative or qualitative methods. In this Special Issue, we aim at covering key issues in sustainability governance in mountain regions. Particularly welcomed are topics including (but not limited to):

  • Global developments and critical issues in sustainability, such as climate change, overtourism, demographic change, energy transition, or the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Natural resources and sustainability, such as integrated catchment management, climate resilience, or supply and demand issues between highlands and lowlands;
  • Tourism and sustainability in mountain areas, such as tourism activities, assessing developments in tourism against sustainability objectives, societal transformation processes related to tourism or cultural sustainability;
  • Sustainable governance and its potentials and limitations,g., successful management of natural resources within the context of competing users, disaster risk reduction within the context of changing climate conditions and increasing touristic activities, sustainable management of natural resources in protected areas, or local empowerment and participation.

The papers submitted and selected for this Special Issue should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process. An article processing charge will apply to articles accepted for publication, though online and on-site participants of the GMS Forum 2020 are entitled to a 50% discount.

For further information, please visit https://gms-forum.eurac.edu/.

Prof. Dr. Harald Pechlaner
Dr. Stefan Schneiderbauer
Mrs. Paola Fontanella Pisa
Mr. Felix Windegger
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com 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. 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 1900 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.


  • Sustainability governance and its potentials and limitations
  • Sustainability management
  • Mountain areas
  • Resilience
  • Natural resources
  • Protected areas
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable Development Agenda
  • Societal transformation
  • Sustainable development
  • Climate change
  • Overtourism
  • Demographic change
  • Energy transition
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Natural resources and sustainability
  • Integrated catchment management
  • Climate resilience
  • Supply and demand issues between highlands and lowlands
  • Tourism and sustainability in mountain areas
  • Societal transformation processes related to tourism
  • Cultural sustainability
  • Successful management of natural resources within the context of competing users
  • Disaster risk reduction within the context of changing climate conditions and increasing touristic activities
  • Sustainable management of natural resources in protected areas
  • Local empowerment and participation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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