Nature-based Tourism and Wellbeing: Impacts and Future Outlook

Call for Chapter Proposals

Editors: Federico Niccolini, Iride Azara, Eleni Michopoulou, James R. (Jim) Barborak, Alessio Cavicchi


To be published by CABI


This book aims to provide a robust scientific foundation for an inter-disciplinary, multi-perspective theory and practice of nature-based tourism in the context of protected areas and other heathy socio-ecological systems, and resilient destinations in line with the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.



Tourism can positively affect not only local economies, but also tourists’ health, wellbeing, environmental awareness, and sensibility. Protected areas normally are favorable contexts and destinations, where touristic activities are envisioned, planned, regulated, guided, and oriented towards a sustainable direction. In these contexts, some forms of tourism- such as nature based, educational, agri or heritage tourism – can contribute to healthy experiences of the tourists, respecting the natural environment and improving social and economic wellbeing of local populations. Many eco- and heritage tourists share conservation and humanist values and can demonstrate a willingness to pay for conservation, helping to finance (directly or indirectly) protected area management and conservation and community development projects. Virtuous loops between tourism, local livelihoods and protected area systems can be thus activated.

Currently, as more and more tourists flock to protected areas and other natural spaces stimulated by a renewed search for health and wellbeing, different conflicts and challenges often arise. For instance, the relationship between hosts, guests and the tourism industry often become strained as they are competing for access to and control over, and use of resources. While these challenges have existed for decades, the recent pandemic has had a huge impact on businesses and communities dependent on tourism everywhere around the world.  Thus, this book aims to unpack both longstanding issues and traditional challenges and new and evolving realities in the post-COVID landscape.  By understanding the changing attitudes and emerging norms of behavior within the context of nature-based tourism we can begin to sketch a roadmap to enabling more satisfying and rewarding experiences, facilitate the emergence of heathy ecosystems; and build resilient livelihoods and sustainable economies.

Topics of interest

We seek both theoretical and case-study contributions on the following topics:

  • New forms of post-pandemic tourism
  • Nature-based tourism (NBT), ecotourism and health, wellbeing and safety
  • Sustainable tourism and protected areas.
  • Comparison between tourism experiences in protected and non-protected areas
  • Rural, gastronomic tourism and the role of local typical products
  • Regenerative tourism and transformational tourism experiences
  • Educational tourism (events, bootcamps and other key activities)
  • Heritage tourism
  • Integrated forms of previous kind of tourism
  • Governance of tourism in protected areas: roles of public and private institutions
  • Strategic planning for protected environments
  • Organizational learning, capacity development and knowledge management for NBT
  • Role of digitalization, and related issues
  • Destination management, sustainability, and resilience. Monitoring and mitigating impacts of NBT
  • Local economy, micro, SMEs, entrepreneurship and micro-entrepreneurship
  • Tourists’ expectations, perceptions, and motivations
  • Stakeholder engagement, the role of collaboration, networks, and partnerships
  • Promoting user-friendly NBT and destinations: equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Mechanisms for enhancing tourist and residents’ wellbeing


Table of Contents


A - Methodological approaches to sustainable tourism

B - Nature-based Tourism Perspectives and Experiences (demand side)

C- Protected Area Management Perspectives and Experiences (supply side)

D - Case Studies



Schedule for publication of the book:

  • Submission of book chapter proposal: 31 August 2022
  • Review book chapters and revision feedback: 30 November 2022
  • Submission of book chapters final draft: 28 February 2023
  • Delivery date of the manuscript to the publisher: June 15, 2023
  • Anticipated publication: end of 2023


Submit your chapter proposal by filling the following GForm


We would most appreciate a proposal (up to 750 words) outlining your chapter and identifying your theoretical discipline, theories, and if applicable, empirical method and approaches.

Please plan on a chapter size as follows: methodological chapters (A)-8,000 to 10,000 words;

conceptual/theoretical chapters (B+C)-4,000 to 7,000 words; case chapters (D)-around 3,000 words.

Include as a separate file a brief biography covering your current institutional affiliation and position, a listing of your relevant publications and educational background, and any other pertinent information on your qualifications for contributing to this manuscript. Please note that only original submissions will be considered for publication.

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