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Sustainable Development—Planning and Governance of Ultra-Peripheral Territories and Low-Density Regions

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability in Geographic Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2022) | Viewed by 7985

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Interests: finance; real options; eco-tourism; rural-tourism; creative-tourism; tourism sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advances in studies and research connected with insular and ultra-peripheral regions have increased all over the globe. Those advances significantly influence the planning methods and processes of such territories. Furthermore, it is possible to encounter similar scenarios in borderlands and low-density areas. Consequently, we often found a common factor, i.e., limited land, water resources, and overexploitation of tourism, among many other variables that make these unique regions significant case studies regarding their governance and sustainable growth and development. Thus, in the specific case of insular areas, tourism typically considers itself as one of the principal, if not the most influential, catalysts for the regional economy. Accordingly, it is crucial to review those projects/activities including process practices in the light of the new obstacles that emerge. Therefore, we all follow the so-desired sustainable development paradigm.

This Special Issue (SI) expects to intersect and analyze the dynamics and patterns of sustainability in these peripheral territories. Moreover, it expects to study the related issues that may influence it. Furthermore, several themes will be crossed and addressed throughout this Special Issue, namely: accessibility and connectivity of transport systems; biodiversity policies and strategies; circular and green economy; cross-border cooperation and inter-regional cooperation;  ecosystem services; environmental rights and legislation; land-use planning; migratory fluxes—strategies, management, and planning; public management; regional studies; renewables energies; smart cities; smart destinations; sustainable culture management; sustainable development; sustainable planning; sustainable tourism management; territorial governance and strategies; general economics and teaching; history of economic thought, methodology, and heterodox approaches; mathematical and quantitative methods; microeconomics; macroeconomics and monetary economics; international economics; financial economics; public economics; health, education, and welfare; labor and demographic economics; law and economics; industrial organization; business administration and business economics; marketing; accounting; personnel economics; economic history; economic development, innovation, technological change, and growth; economic systems; agricultural and natural resource economics; environmental and ecological economics; urban, rural, regional, real estate, and transportation economics.

The editors promote the submission of manuscripts associated with governance and sustainable development in insular and ultra-peripheral regions, the new trends and methods, the regional planning, and several other problems that could link to the main scope of this Special Issue.

References:

Balaguer, J.; Jordá, M. Tourism as a long-run economic growth factor: The Spanish case. Appl. Econ. 2010, 34, 877–884.

Hughes, D.; Shields, M. Revisiting tourism regional economic impact: Accounting for secondary household employment. Rev. Reg. Stud. 2007, 37, 186–206.

King, R.; Strachan, A.; Mortimer, J.; Gastarbeiter, J. Go Home: Return Migration and Economic Change in the Italian Mezzogiorno. In Return Migration and Regional Economic Problems; King, R., Ed.; Croom Helm: London, UK, 1986; pp. 38–68.

Mahony, K.; Zyl, J. The Impacts of Tourism Investment on Rural Communities: Three Case Studies in South Africa. Dev. S. Afr. 2002, 19, 83–103

Castanho, Rui Alexandre; Couto, Gualter; Pimentel, Pedro; Carvalho, Célia; Sousa, Áurea; da Graça Batista, Maria. "Analysing the Public Administration and Decision-Makers Perceptions Regarding the Potential of Rural Tourism Development in the Azores Region". International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning 16 4 (2021): 603-614. http://dx.doi.org/10.18280/ijsdp.160401.

Rui Alexandre Castanho; Gualter Couto; Áurea Sousa; Pedro Pimentel; Maria da Graça Batista. "Assessing the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic over the Azores Region's Touristic Companies". Sustainability (2021): https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/17/9647.

Couto, Gualter; Pimentel, Pedro; Batista, Maria Da Graça; Sousa, Áurea; Carvalho, Célia; Castanho, Rui Alexandre. "The Potential of Rural Tourism Development in the Azores Islands from the Perspective of Public Administration and Decision-Makers". WSEAS TRANSACTIONS ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT 17 (2021): 713-721.

Gualter Couto; Rui Alexandre Castanho; Carlos Santos; Pedro Pimentel; Áurea Sousa; Sandra Faria; Maria da Graça Batista. "Guidelines for Tourism Sustainability in Ultra-Peripheral Territories: A Research Based on the Azores Region's Touristic Companies' Analysis". Sustainability (2021): https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073895.

Castanho, Rui Alexandre; Couto, Gualter; Pimentel, Pedro; Sousa, Áurea; Carvalho, Célia; Batista, Maria da Graça. "The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Accommodation Selection of Azorean Tourists. A Study Based on the Assessment of the Azores Population's Attitudes". Sustainability 12 23 (2020): 9990. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su12239990.

Pimentel, Pedro Miguel. "Assessing the Impacts of Public Policies Over Tourism in Azores Islands. A Research Based on Tourists and Residents Perceptions". WSEAS TRANSACTIONS ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT 16 (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.37394/232015.2020.16.77.

Prof. Dr. Rui Alexandre Castanho
Prof. Dr. Gualter Couto
Prof. Dr. Pedro Miguel Pimentel
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Keywords

  • governance and management
  • insular and peripheral regions
  • low-density areas
  • regional studies
  • sustainability
  • sustainable development
  • tourism
  • economics and finance

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COVID-19 Impact on the Tourism Accommodation and Restaurant Sectors of São Miguel (Azores)
by Maria de Fátima Brilhante and Maria Luísa Rocha
Sustainability 2023, 15(1), 343; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010343 - 26 Dec 2022
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The importance of tourism in the Azores’ economy has been increasing over the years. In order to respond to higher tourist demand, new accommodation establishments and restaurants started activity in the region, creating new jobs and wealth. This trend of economic expansion has [...] Read more.
The importance of tourism in the Azores’ economy has been increasing over the years. In order to respond to higher tourist demand, new accommodation establishments and restaurants started activity in the region, creating new jobs and wealth. This trend of economic expansion has been slowed down, possibly reversed, since the COVID-19 pandemic and the various strategies adopted by the government to decrease the infection rate, which led to the arrival of fewer tourists. To assess the pandemic impact after the first lockdown on the economy of São Miguel, the biggest and most visited island of the Azores, surveys were designed for the tourism accommodation and restaurant sectors, both influenced by tourism activity. The main aim was to estimate the mean income drop in the 2020 tourism high season, in percentage, compared to the homologous pre-pandemic 2019 period. The results highlight an adverse impact on those sectors, with the greatest mean income drop being estimated for the local accommodation sector (78.7±3.6%), followed by the traditional hotel sector (74.7±4.6%) and the restaurant sector (58.5±6.5%). Moreover, an almost 60% drop in the mean occupancy rate during the 2020 tourism high season, compared to 2019, was estimated for the tourism accommodation sector. Full article
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Climate Change and Impact on Renewable Energies in the Azores Strategic Visions for Sustainability
by Maria Meirelles, Fernanda Carvalho, João Porteiro, Diamantino Henriques, Patrícia Navarro and Helena Vasconcelos
Sustainability 2022, 14(22), 15174; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142215174 - 16 Nov 2022
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The energy sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, but could also be seriously affected by climate change, calling into question society’s current consumption patterns. In this communication, climate projections based on a set of numerical models of global circulation [...] Read more.
The energy sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, but could also be seriously affected by climate change, calling into question society’s current consumption patterns. In this communication, climate projections based on a set of numerical models of global circulation are used to simulate the climate until the end of the century and keep in mind the alternative scenarios of pollutant emissions. Apart from solar energy, the results for the Azores region show a negative impact on the production and consumption of renewable energies. In the regional context, this issue assumes special relevance, given the geographical constraints, such as territorial discontinuity and insularity. Based on these assumptions, measures and recommendations are pointed out for the sectors that most penalize greenhouse gas emissions, considering the energy sustainability in the Azores and the commitments and goals assumed under international agreements. Full article
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PERMA Model of Well-Being Applied to Portuguese Senior Tourists: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis
by José Mendes, Teresa Medeiros, Osvaldo Silva, Licínio Tomás, Luís Silva and Joaquim A. Ferreira
Sustainability 2022, 14(13), 7538; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14137538 - 21 Jun 2022
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Tourism has been affirmed as an activity that promotes health and well-being. The present study aims to present a confirmatory analysis of the PERMA model in a sample of Portuguese senior tourists who visited the island of São Miguel (Azores). After approval of [...] Read more.
Tourism has been affirmed as an activity that promotes health and well-being. The present study aims to present a confirmatory analysis of the PERMA model in a sample of Portuguese senior tourists who visited the island of São Miguel (Azores). After approval of the study by the ethics committee (reference 6/2022), a Sociodemographic Questionnaire, PERMA Profiler, and Life Satisfaction Scale—SWLS were applied to 1083 senior tourists (≥55 years) of various nationalities. To evaluate the PERMA model for senior tourism in Portugal, a total of 434 senior tourists of Portuguese nationality were extracted from the sample. The results revealed that most of the participants attributed scores above the midpoint in the five dimensions of PERMA (positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment) and in the satisfaction with life scale. Using scale reliability analyses, we found that some of the dimensions in the PERMA model showed relatively low values both for Cronbach alpha and composite reliability. Several confirmatory structural equation models (single factorial, second order, and five factors) were calculated, as well as the usual adjustment measures, with the five-factor PERMA model presenting the best structure, although with a relatively low fit. The modification of the model by the weight of regressions between some of the items with larger covariances allowed a better adjustment: χ2(73) = 264.960, p < 0.001, χ2/df = 3.63, CFI = 0.94, TLI = 0.91, IFI = 0.94; GFI = 0.92, RMSEA = 0.078, p < 0.001. Although the results revealed that the experiences of senior tourists when visiting the island of São Miguel contributed significantly to their well-being and the modified model presented superior adjustment quality, future studies are suggested to evaluate the quality of the PERMA model applied to tourism. Full article
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