Forests provide a range of recreational benefits and it is essential to include these benefits in decisions related to forest management and/or afforestation. The assessment of recreational values and preferences in North Zealand (DK) found that the per hectare value of recreational services provided varied significantly between different forests – from 5,200 EUR / ha / year to 14,850 EUR / ha / year for the forests with the highest per hectare value and from 200 to 320 EUR / ha for the forests with the lowest per hectare value. The valuation methodology used in the Danish study offers a flexible and spatially explicit approach to assessing the recreational value of forests under different scenarios. However, it also shows that the uncertainty in the benefit estimation needs to be carefully considered and addressed.
Temanord, 2012, Issue 559, p. 283-290
Ecosystem services; socio-economics; forest recreation; Nordic Countries; TEEB