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The Economic Value of Landscapes

1st Edition

Edited by C. Martijn van der Heide, Wim Heijman


336 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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This book aims to explore the avenue of landscape economics and provides the building blocks (from different scientific disciplines) for an economic analysis of landscapes. What exactly constitutes and determines the value of a landscape? It focuses on the value of landscapes in its broadest sense, thereby covering a variety of topics including stakeholder involvement in landscape design, landscape governance and landscape perceptions from different countries. Merely saying that landscapes have value or are important is not sufficient – not when resources are scarce and have alternative uses. Measuring and quantifying the economic value of changes in landscapes would help ensure that landscape management decisions are both (economically) rational and sound.

Table of Contents

1. Landscape and economics: Perceptions and perspectives C. Martijn van der Heide and Wim J.M. Heijman Part I: rise to the challenge – an awakening to awarenss 2. Setting a framework for valuing the multifunctional landscape and its multiple perceptions Marc Antrop, Marjanne Sevenant, Carolina Tagliafierro, Veerle Van Eetvelde and Frank Witlox 3. Subjectivity and objectivity in landscape evaluation: An old topic revisited Colin Price 4. From private values to social value of landscapes Dafna M. DiSegni 5. The governance of rural landscapes: Property, complexity and policy Ian Hodge 6. Governance of protected landscapes and its implications for economic evaluation Nora Mehnen, Ingo Mose and Dirk Strijker Part II: reorientations and reflections – building blocks of landscape eocnomics 7. A procedure for determining an optimal landscape and its monetary value Wim J.M. Heijman and Pierre v. Mouche 8. Evaluation of landscape impacts – enriching the economist’s toolbox with the hotspotindex Frans J. Sijtsma, Hans Farjon, Sandy van Tol, Peter van Kampen, Arjen Buijs and Arjen van Hinsberg 9. Rural landscape and optimal agricultural land use Iddo Kan, David Haim, Mickey Rapaport-Rom and Mordechai Shechter Part III: worldwide applications and detailed case studies – integration of practices 10. An economic evaluation of the grassland landscape in Aso Kuju National Park, Japan Kenji Okubo 11. From an "integrated" to a "dismantled" landscape Lola Domínguez García and David Soto Fernández 12. What can hedonic analysis tell us about the value of landscapes? Jan Rouwendal and J. Willemijn Weijschede- van der Straaten 13. The monetary value of open space in urban areas: evidence from a Dutch house price analysis Jasper Dekkers and Eric Koomen Part IV: Outlook for landscape economists – burgeoning perspectives on recreation, agriculture and urban agglomeration 14. The importance of landscapes for recreational firms Nico B.P. Polman, Arianne T. de Blaeij, Louis H.G. Slangen and Stijn J. Reinhard 15. Agricultural policies and rural landscape: Some insights from theoretical and empirical literature Sylvie Ferrari, Christian Lippert and Olivier Aznar 16. Amenity-driven migration and the spatial distribution of economic activity Wenchao Xu and JunJie Wu

About the Editors

C. Martijn van der Heide is a Economic Researcher at LEI, Wageningen UR & Lector (Reader) ‘Integrated Nature and Landscape Management’ at the University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein, in Velp, the Netherlands.

Wim Heijman is Professor of Regional Economics at Wageningen University

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics