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    Assessment and valuation of recreational ecosystem services of landscapes2018

    ALBERT C., BURKHARD B., FAGERHOLM N., HERMES J., PLIENINGER T., VAN BERKEL D., VON HAAREN C.Journaux et Revues (scientifiques)

    aide à la décision, biens et services écosystémiques, valeurs récréatives ou d'agrément

    Ecosystem Services
    Available online 10 May 2018

    Highlights
    • We provide an overview of the 21 contributions to this special issue.
    • Contributions present advancements in mapping and valuation of RES.
    • RES can be a prime vehicle for reconnecting people with nature.
    • RES research should aim towards harmonizing datasets and methods for comparability.

    Abstract
    Recreational ecosystem services (RES), understood as the numerous benefits people obtain from landscapes and the natural environment, are a topical area of policy, research and society. This Editorial introduces the current state of RES research, provides an overview of the 21 contributions comprising this Special Issue of Ecosystem Services, and outlines opportunities for further research. This issue’s publications employ diverse methods for assessing and valuing RES at different scales in Europe and beyond. The papers present advancements in mapping and valuation, provide evidence for the contributions of biodiversity and landscapes to the generation of RES and human well-being, and shed light on distributional effects across different beneficiaries. Taken together, contributions emphasize that RES may be a prime vehicle for reconnecting people with nature with positive effects on societal well-being. The diversity of approaches currently applied in RES research reflects much creativity and new insights, for example by harnessing georeferenced social media data.

    Future research should aim towards harmonizing datasets and methods to enhance comparability without compromising the need for context-specific adaptations. Finally, more research is needed on options for integrating RES information in decision making, planning and management in order to enhance actual uptake in public and private decisions.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.04.011

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