Preferences for cultural urban ecosystem services: Comparing attitudes, perception, and use

Bertram, Christine and Rehdanz, Katrin (2015) Preferences for cultural urban ecosystem services: Comparing attitudes, perception, and use Ecosystem Services, 12 . pp. 187-199.

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Abstract

Urban green spaces, including parks, provide numerous ecosystem services (ES) for city inhabitants. Besides provisioning and regulating services, they also provide cultural services by giving people opportunities to recreate and experience nature in the city. The focus of this paper is on cultural ES provided by urban parks in four European cities (Berlin, Stockholm, Rotterdam, and Salzburg). We compare attitudes towards ES provision, perception, and use of urban parks. In particular, we compare the perception of several park characteristics to their stated importance for park visitors. Results indicate that there are similarities between cities regarding attitudes towards ES provision and the importance of different park characteristics for visitors. Park use patterns such as the share of regular park visitors or the activities carried out, however, vary significantly between cities. The city-specific context, including park availability, quality, and perception but also the inhabitants' preferences for cultural ES and existing substitutes, is thus crucial for urban planning. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 2 Si
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2212-0416
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 12:48
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/32413

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