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Nordic Urban Nature Recreation

How to Practically Integrate Economic Values in Decision-making

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The Nordic countries continue to experience growth of urban areas, which provides benefits like economic growth, but also imposes economic costs in terms of reduced ecosystem services. This report focuses on urban nature recreation and highlights economic methods and data that can help capture the associated nonmarket welfare benefits. The study stresses the need to collect user data to better understand visitation patterns, which can be combined with valuation methods to provide evidence of economic benefits associated with e.g., hiking, cycling, skiing, paddling and other recreation activities. Once these benefits are visible, decision-makers will have a better basis to balance economic growth with the environmental costs it imposes on urban ecosystem services.

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Valuing the benefits of urban nature recreation

We define urban nature recreation and identify the welfare benefits we derive from it. We describe briefly how to value these benefits – which are dependent on ecosystem contributions – using economic tools and methods. We also define a framework for assessing this cultural ecosystem service and explain relevant economic concepts.

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