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Accounting for the recreation benefits of the Flemish Natura 2000 network through landscape preferences and estimated spending

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posted on 2023-06-26, 00:42 authored by Leo De Nocker, Inge Liekens, Els Verachtert, Jeremy De ValckJeremy De Valck, Jan Staes, Dirk Vrebos, Steven Broekx
This paper describes the methods used to produce accounts for the recreational value of Natura 2000 areas in Flanders, Belgium. First, a biophysical account of recreation supply and demand is compiled and mapped. Demand is based on data for green visits per year per inhabitant and covers both recreation and nature-based tourism. It distinguishes local walking trips, local cycling, recreation trips with pre-transport and visits by tourists. The number of green visits is based on a combination of yearly statistics (for tourism, day trips) and irregular surveys (for local visits). The supply account is based on modelling predicted visits. The annual visits per inhabitant are attributed to ecosystems using a green visit prediction model that uses the extent and condition accounts related to availability of green-blue areas, accessibility, the attractive potential of landscapes for informal recreation (extent and condition accounts), residence and distance decay functions for different recreation types.

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Volume

7

Start Page

1

End Page

26

Number of Pages

26

eISSN

2367-8194

Publisher

Pensoft Publishers

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2022-08-29

External Author Affiliations

University of Antwerp, VITO, Mol, Belgium

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

One Ecosystem

Article Number

e85187

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