Recreational Value of the Baltic Sea: a Spatially Explicit Site Choice Model Accounting for Environmental Conditions

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    Mikolaj Czajkowski, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Polen
  • Marianne Zandersen
  • Uzma Aslam,
  • Ioannis Angelidis
  • Thomas Becker, Wiktor Budziński, UkendtKatarzyna Zagórska
The Baltic Sea plays a significant role for recreational use in the nine littoral countries with
more than 70% of the population visiting the coast, representing some 80 million recreation visits annually.
Understanding the values associated with coastal recreation and the potential welfare changes of improving the state of the Baltic Sea is important for managing the marine environment. We estimate a spatially explicit travel cost model of coastal site recreation to the Baltic Sea to assess the welfare of accessing individual sites, identify recreational hotspots and simulate the welfare changes resulting from improving environmental and infrastructure conditions. The total benefits associated with the Baltic Sea based recreation amount to 11.4 billion EUR per year with significant variation across sites. Improving water quality and infrastructure boost the recreational value by nearly 9 billion EUR, almost doubling the recreational benefits compared to current conditions.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer11/2018 (270)
TidsskriftWorking Paper 11/2018 (270). Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Poland.
Sider (fra-til)1-21
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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