Diversifying mediterranean tourism as a strategy for regional resilience enhancement

André Samora-Arvela, Eric Vaz, João Ferrão, Jorge Ferreira, Thomas Panagopoulos

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Mediterranean destinations that rely on sun and beach tourism—like the Algarve region, south of Portugal—are in a fragile situation. Challenges related to an aging population and climate change (e.g. extreme temperatures and sea level rise) will have consequences on the development of Mediterranean regions. In this context, sea level rise and beach area reduction could have a disruptive impact in these touristic regions. This chapter discusses how a strategy of regional resilience enhancement could allow for a transition and a differentiation from mainstream sun and beach touristic activities to alternative and sustainable types of tourism, such as nature-based and cultural-landscape touring. It outlines a touristic green infrastructure spatial planning approach to reinforce regional resilience as a competitive, cultural and systemic adaptation strategy, diversifying regional development basis overall.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResilience and Regional Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Approach to a New Research Agenda
EditorsHugo Pinto, Teresa Noronha, Eric Vaz
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-95135-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-95134-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Spatial Science
ISSN (Print)1430-9602
ISSN (Electronic)2197-9375


  • Climate change adaptation
  • Green infrastructure
  • Mediterranean
  • Regional planning
  • Resilience
  • Tourism


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