|Benefits of coastal recreation in Europe: identifying trade-offs and priority regions for sustainable management|In: Journal of environmental management. Academic Press: London; New York. ISSN 0301-4797, more
Coastal recreation; Ecosystem service mapping; European Union; Geographic Information Systems; Meta-analytical value transfer
This paper examines the welfare dimension of the recreational services of coastal ecosystems through the application of a meta-analytical value transfer framework, which integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the characterization of climate, biodiversity, accessibility, and anthropogenic pressure in each of 368 regions of the European coastal zone. The relative contribution of international, domestic, and local recreationists to aggregated regional values is examined. The implications of the analysis for prioritization of conservation areas and identification of good management practices are highlighted through the comparative assessment of estimated recreation values, current environmental pressures, and existing network of protected sites.