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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH (IJER)   FALL 2014 , Volume 8 , Number 4; Page(s) 1341 To 1348.
 
Paper: 

DETERMNANTS OF PUBLIC FOREST MANAGEMENT DECISIONS: THE CALARES DELMUNDO AND SIMA NATURLPARK (SPAIN)

 
Author(s):  BERNABEU R.*, SAMOS A.
 
* HIGHER TECHNICAL SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF CASTILE-LA MANCHA, CAMPUS UNIVERSITARIO S/N, 02071 ALBACETE, SPAIN
 
Abstract: 

Public authorities should assess what recreational services can be offered citizens visitinga protected natural area. Therefore, the characterisation of visitors as well as the economic valuation of a park’ srecreational use would allow the proposal of management strategies to satisfy visitors. For this purpose, 410 surveys were taken of visitors to the CalaresdelMundoandSimaNatural Park (Spain). The results showed two segments of visitors. The first segment is better informed about topics related to the environment and has a higher educational level and higher monthly family income. However, they are willing to pay less to enter the park (3.70). Meanwhile the visitors from the second segment are more conscientious about environmental problems andare familiar with other natural areas. They are willing to pay more for park entrance (4.61), even though they have lower incomes, because they value the scenic beauty of the park and particularly, the singularity of the waterfall and the source of the Mundo River.

 
Keyword(s): NATURAL AREAS, VISITOR LIFE STYLES, CONTINGENT VALUATION, MAXIMUM WILLINGNESS TO PAY, CASTILE-LA MANCHA
 
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