Integrating Tourism into Sustainable Urban Development: Indicators from a Croatian Coastal Community

  • Branko I. CavricEmail author
Part of the Community Quality-of-Life Indicators book series (CQLI, volume 3)


This case study gives an example how the cities of post-socialist Croatia could use urban indicators for monitoring and measuring the progress toward sustainability. Such information would enable planners and decision makers to formulate redistributive policies and programs addressing some of the disparities that exist in a post-socialist city. It focuses on the current situation in the emerging Croatian coastal city of Zadar, which reflects the diversity of the post-socialist urban change in a very fragile Mediterranean landscape. It describes the participatory approach through which different local communities were evaluating the quality of life based on five basic pillars of sustainability. Through direct participant involvement and in-depth interviews, the research team has managed to develop a structured and multilayered GIS database suitable for decision makers at the city and local levels. The conceptual implications of the findings contribute to rebuilding of “bottom-up” participatory approach in the process of creation and management of urban spaces.


Local Community Geographic Information System Coastal City Urban Sustainability Sustainable Urban Development 
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Support provided by the National Foundation for Science Higher Education and Technological Development (NZZ) of the Republic of Croatia made this research possible from the start, but thanks are due in particular to Prof. Pero Lučin, Barbara Tenčić, and Sandra Milovanović for their industrious administrative support. The author wishes to thank Prof. Damir Magaš and all other colleagues from the Department of Geography, University of Zadar, for their cooperation and the conducive atmosphere provided during his study leave in Croatia. Also, special thanks are extended to immediate collaborators, PhD students, Ante Šiljeg and Silvija Toplek for their valuable efforts in executing the field survey activities and transcribing numerous GIS records into a series of maps and charts. Additional credit should also be given to Nives Kožulić, Stjepan Gverić, and Dejana Hordov all from the Department of Urbanism, Zadar for their assistance in securing numerous professional contacts and preparing the most recent planning data.


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  1. 1.University of BotswanaGaboroneBotswana

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