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International Journal of Sustainable Society
International Journal of Sustainable Society


Special Issue on: "The Contribution of Protected Areas to Sustainability"

Guest Editors:
Michael Getzner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Michael Jungmeier, E.C.O. Institute of Ecology, Austria

The aim of the special issue is to highlight the significance and importance of protected areas for sustainability, not only in an ecological sense but taking into account the economic and social dimension of sustainable development. This includes the economic impacts of protected areas (e.g. provision of vital ecosystem services for local communities), as well as social implications (e.g. participation of stakeholders in establishment and management of protected areas). The issue looks to present the most recent developments in the scientific debate, in the form of empirical and policy oriented papers from which general conclusions for the role of protected areas for sustainability, as well as for the management of protected areas, can be drawn.

Subject Coverage
Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Protected areas as "islands of sustainability" - is this concept "sustainable"?
  • Participation and civil society in protected areas (including community and capacity building)
  • Management of protected areas: multidimensionality, interdisciplinarity, sustainability
  • Livelihood and regional development based on protected areas
  • Evaluation of protected areas: sustainability and participation
  • Education and information in protected areas - prerequisite for sustainable life styles?
  • Benefits and costs involved with the establishment and management of protected areas, including the distribution of benefits/costs among stakeholder groups
  • Valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in protected areas - connections to management and financing of protected areas
  • Case-studies on sustainability in protected areas
  • Tourism in PA regions - PA tourism: which is to be preferred from a sustainability viewpoint?
  • Innovation for sustainability as triggered by protected areas
  • Planning protected areas as an intervention towards sustainable development (intervention theory)
  • Function of protected areas as model regions to test (new) concepts of sustainability

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Abstract submission for paper proposals: 15 November 2010

Acceptance of abstracts: 30 November 2010

Submission of full paper for review: 31 January 2011

Review results communicated to authors: 15 March 2011

Final revised papers due on 15 April 2011