Mediterranean protected areas in an era of overtourism: Challenges and solutions

Edited by Ante Mandić, PhD & Lidija Petrić, PhD

Publisher Springer Nature


The overall aim in producing this book is to extend recent writing on tourism development within protected areas with focus on challenges related to overtourism, and in doing so, to comment on key concepts within both policy and practice. This book should serve as media to share recent knowledge, innovative tools and sustainable solutions with substantial evidence and societal impact, and go well beyond simple description of standard practice. We encourage collaboration across and beyond disciplines and contributions that demonstrate engagement between researchers, practitioners, and communities, and thus make academic research more relevant for all stakeholders.   

We are seeking contributors addressing both, conceptually and practically the challenges related to sustainable tourism development within protected areas in Mediterranean region. The book aims to include empirical research and conceptual papers covering (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Governance, leadership and stakeholder involvement
  • Local community, well-being and conservation
  • Visitor experience, attitudes and behavior
  • Intelligent nature-based tourism development

Recommended topics

Part 1: Governance, leadership and stakeholder involvement

  1. Managing overtourism at the destination level (Carrying Capacity, ROS, LAC, VIM, VAMP and TOMM)
  2. The role of policy and governance in preventing and managing overtourism: An ecosystem approach; Supply and value chain approaches
  3. Mitigating the pressures: The role of leadership and participatory planning
  4. Environmental, economic and social resilience of protected areas
  5. Changing the growth focused mindset
  6. Nature-based solutions: Case study research

Part 2: Local community, well-being and conservation

  1. Overtourism and the local community well –being
  2. Collaboration, collaborative learning and knowledge transfer
  3. Stakeholder management and imbalance of power among stakeholders
  4. Tourism revenue dependency
  5. Urbanisation
  6. Optimisation and monitoring of the impact of tourism development, case study research

Part 3: Visitor experience, attitudes and behaviour

  1. Overtourism, identity, authenticity and visitors experience
  2. Hyper-personalisation of tourism experiences
  3. Value co-creation and value co-destruction
  4. Overcrowding
  5. Visitors behaviour
  6. Sustainable tourism product design, case study research

Part 4: Intelligent nature-based tourism development

  1. Smart governance
  2. Big data and intelligence in nature-based destinations
  3. Innovations and technological solutions (e.g. IoT, cloud computing, AR, VR) for sustainable nature-based tourism development
  4. Living labs, case study research
  5. Protected areas as digital retreats, case study research
  6. The Mediterranean protected areas post 2020, perspective research

Submission Procedure

Chapters should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words (case studies, best practice and innovative solution reports between 4,000 and 6,000 words) and should be submitted on or before 15th of November 2020.

Chapter formatting guidelines for edited books can be found at or downloaded below:

All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Important Dates

  • 20th of September 2020 – Expression of interest

  • 15th of November 2020 – Full chapter submission deadline

  • 20th of December 2020 – Revision

  • 2021 Planned Book Publication

Inquiries may be addressed to all co-editors.

Submissions should be forwarded electronically to:

Ante Mandić & Lidija Petrić