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Contrasting values of cultural ecosystem services in urban areas: The case of park Montjuic in Barcelona
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
Number of Authors: 4
2015 (English)In: Ecosystem Services, ISSN 2212-0416, E-ISSN 2212-0416, Vol. 12, 178-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban green infrastructure attracts growing attention for its potential as a nature-based strategy to improve quality of life through the provision of ecosystem services. In this paper, we value cultural ecosystem services in relation to land-uses and management regimes of urban green infrastructure. Through a survey among 198 beneficiaries of the largest urban park in Barcelona, Spain, we assessed cultural ecosystem services in monetary and non-monetary terms in relation to land-uses and management regimes. Results from our research suggest that monetary and non-monetary valuations capture complementary information, and show that values of cultural ecosystem services change across different green infrastructure assets and management regimes. For example, 'environmental learning' generates low monetary values but high non-monetary values. Stronger place values were related with low management intensity, while values for tourism increase with land-uses embedding cultural facilities. We discuss monetary and non-monetary values in the light of urban green infrastructure strategies and indicate potentials for urban planning and management to proactively alter the provision of cultural ecosystem services through specific configurations of land-uses and management intensity.

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2015. Vol. 12, 178-186 p.
Keyword [en]
Cities, Urban ecosystem services, Valuation, Green infrastructure, Spain
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Biological Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123366DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.11.016ISI: 000363665300020OAI: diva2:873891
Available from: 2015-11-25 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2015-11-25Bibliographically approved

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