*Please note the 2015 paperback is a reprint of the original 2008 hardback*
In an increasingly urbanized world more and more people are turning to our forests and woodland for recreation and tourism. Planning and providing for this growing demand poses challenges that need to be addressed by managers and designers alike.
Based on a study of forest recreation from across Europe, the editors bring together the expertise of more than eighty leading professionals and academics to provide a clear and concise guide to best practice. Case studies and careful research give a detailed insight into the issues that forest recreation raises, from strategic planning to integration into the existing rural economy.
Essential reading for tourism planners, landscape designers and countryside managers delivering forest recreation and tourism.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Forest Recreation and Nature Tourism in Europe: Context, history, and current Situation Part 1 2. Evaluating the Economic and Social Benefits of Forest Recreation and Nature Tourism 3. Integrating Forest Recreation and Nature Tourism into the Rural Economy 4. Instruments for Developing Recreation and Nature Tourism in Forests Part 2 5. Monitoring of Forest Recreation Demand 6. Assessing and Planning the Supply of Opportunities for Forest Recreation and Nature Tourism Part 3 7. Strategic Planning of Forest Recreation and Nature Tourism 8. The Recreation Planning Process 9. Site Planning and Design for Recreation and Nature Tourism
Simon Bell is Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, where he is a director of the OPENspace research centre, Associate Professor at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and also a landscape consultant.
Murray Simpson is a geographer based at the School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford.
Liisa Tyrväinen is Professor of Nature Tourism at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Tuija Sievänen is a forester and researcher with the Finnish Forest Research Institute in Helsinki.
Ulrike Pröbstl is Professor of Landscape Planning at the University of Applied Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna.