Koedoe special issue call for papers: Tourism and protected areas

14 May 2012 | News story

While Koedoe tends to focus on conservation in Africa, this special issue has a global reach and authors are invited to submit papers by 1 August 2012 for publication prior to the World Conservation Congress.


Formally designated protected areas now cover over 12% of the terrestrial surface of the earth with the goal of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Target set for 2020 to be 17%. The expectations society holds for these areas has grown and diversified dramatically in the 150 years since Yellowstone National Park was designated. These protected areas are subject to a wide array of global, regional and local level forces and processes that impact the effectiveness of their conservation mission as well as the expectations of society that they will serve as engines of economic development, models of democratic governance, cauldrons for evolutionary processes, sources of resources to maintain livelihoods and alleviate poverty and providers of ecosystem-based services and raw materials.

Over 150,000 protected areas are currently gazetted, with many more recognized as community and indigenous peoples conserved areas. The need for effective management of these areas is great and recognized in Aichi Target 11. However, perhaps only one third of them are managed to an appropriate standard.

Tourism and visitation is a dominant commercial use of protected areas, carrying with it numerous potential positive and negative consequences including unique challenges for management and planning. While the literature on these consequences has expanded recently, there is still a need to share and archive experiences and perspectives on this important use. The Fifth World Parks Conference will be convened in September 2014 to discuss many of the challenges and opportunities dealing with parks and protected areas. To help lay a foundation for discussion of the role of tourism there, the WCPA Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group is partnering with Koedoe, a journal focusing on African Protected Area Conservation and Science to sponsor a special issue on Tourism and Protected Areas: Challenges and Opportunities. While Koedoe tends to focus on conservation in Africa, this special issue has a global reach and authors are invited to submit papers.

Koedoe is an influential, frequently cited, accredited, peer reviewed and Open Access journal published since 1958. Koedoe promotes and contributes to the scientific (biology) and environmental (ecology and biodiversity) conservation practices of Africa, by defining the key practices that will ensure biological diversity in Africa (see www.koedoe.co.za)

The Special Issue will focus on synthesis articles and original research on the following aspects of tourism in protected areas:

  • Tourism, protected areas and local and indigenous communities
  • Frameworks for planning and managing tourism in protected areas
  • Tourism as an engine of economic development
  • Financing management with tourism
  • Tourism within the context of complex systems
  • Tourism as a tool for conservation

We anticipate publishing one synthesis/review and two original research articles in each topical area. South African National Parks generously sponsors the publication of articles of 7000 words / 10 pages.

We invite interested authors to submit a 300-500 word abstract of a proposed manuscript by 1 August 2012 to either of the following below:

The timeframes for the special edition are as follows:

  • Abstracts due by 1 August 2012
  • Authors notified of accepted proposals by 1 September 2012.
  • Full draft manuscripts of 7000 words due no later than 1 February 2013.
  • Draft manuscripts will undergo the normal double blind review process used by Koedoe.
  • Final submission of manuscripts due by 1 June 2013
  • Publication early 2014 and prior to the World Parks Congress

Authors are encouraged to visit the Koedoe website for instructions on formatting >>

Please submit abstracts by 1 August 2012 to: Dr Steve McCool at steve.mccool@gmail.com and IUCN CEC member Dr Anna Spenceley at annaspenceley@gmail.com