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Special Issue "Outdoor Recreation, Nature-Based Tourism, and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (14 November 2019).
Interests: fostering environmentally sustainable behaviors, social trust, cultural diversity, risk perceptions and risk response, improving socioecological resilience, work environment quality and equity
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Interests: human dimensions research, sustainable recreation management, collaborative governance, community-based conservation, nature-based tourism
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The journal “Sustainability” is seeking submissions for the Special Issue “Outdoor Recreation, Nature-Based Tourism, and Sustainability.” Outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism occur within a socioecological system with feedback loops to changing social, economic, technological, and ecological conditions. Sustainable recreation and nature-based tourism involve social/cultural, economic, ecological, and institutional components. Outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism present essential benefits to individuals, community, and society, thereby contributing to sustainability. Being outdoors, engaging in active recreation, and visiting natural attractions provide opportunities for people to learn about natural systems and develop attachments to places that contribute to positive spillover effects. Recent work has highlighted the numerous contributions of nature connection to mental and physical health. The equitable provision of opportunities, cultural variations in desired experiences, barriers to outdoor recreation, and diverse perceptions of both nature and recreation add to the complexity in outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism service delivery. Changes in technology (eco-innovation) and equipment have added to experiential choices for the participant, and increased complexity for the service provider. At the global scale, climate change and other disturbance factors are impacting ecosystems and opportunities that warrant consideration, where adaptation strategies are of particular interest for longer-term planning. Population growth and regional shifts in demographics and distribution, (e.g., urbanization) as well as socio-economic trends such as changes in culture and consumption patterns, affect who engages in outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism, opportunities sought, nature access, and governance of outdoor services. Given dynamic ecological and socio-economic conditions, what constitutes sustainable recreation and tourism? Overall, the complexity of sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism may suggest a need for different approaches to service delivery, culture change among service providers and managers of natural spaces, and novel approaches to inclusive governance and shared stewardship of our natural and cultural heritage. Given the clear importance of outdoor recreation/nature-based tourism to society, we invite you to consider with us how your work improves our understanding of the intersections of outdoor recreation, nature-based tourism, and sustainability.
The Guest Editors are especially interested in the following topics regarding outdoor recreation/nature-based tourism and sustainability:
- Climate change and other disturbance factors (e.g., fire, invasives);
- Eco-innovation, technology;
- Sustainable development goals;
- Health and well-being, quality of life;
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Outdoor recreation and nature-based-tourism’s contributions to sustainability;
- Indigenous lands, engagement, and recreation use;
- Agency culture change, emerging governance structures, and organizational capacity-building;
- Gateway and ammenity communities.
Our aim is to compile an Issue that considers the intersections of outdoor recreation, nature-based tourism, and sustainability with relevance to the journal’s global audience. Additional topics not listed here may be considered based on strength of the submission and degree of fit to the full Issue.
Dr. Patricia L. Winter
Dr. Steve Selin
Dr. Kelly Bricker
Dr. Lee Cerverny
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 1800 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.
- outdoor recreation
- nature-based tourism
- public lands, parks, and protected areas
- human health and well-being.