A case study in urban forests of Celje (Slovenia). Payments for ecosystem services

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Title: A case study in urban forests of Celje (Slovenia). Payments for ecosystem services
Author: Hostnik, R.
Abstract: The concept of the urban forest governance based on close co-operation between the local unit of the Slovenia Forest Service and the municipality of Celje, the third largest city in Slovenia, has evolved in the last two decades. Its results are manifested in the new recreational infrastructure, new areas of public urban forests, long-term oriented and prompt forest management for reasonable costs and established monitoring system. In recent years the urban development and demands towards forests around Celje have increased. Due to the prevailing private ownership in the area, conflicts with different forest users were becoming more prevalent. The case study explores possibilities for directing the increased recreational use and examines the willingness of private forest owners to allow organized recreational use in exchange for a certain amount of payment for ecosystem service (PES) by the municipality. The economic expectations of private urban forest owners were examined through detailed personal interviews with 112 forest owners in the area of four previously designated potential footpaths and mountain bike trails with a total length of 13.6 km. The article deals with specific economic expectations of forest owners and compares proposed PES scheme with another instrument for balancing of private and public instrument in urban forests.
Subject: accueil du public; paiement des services environnementaux (PSE); Slovénie; tourisme; zone urbaine
Publisher: Association Forêt Méditerranéenne, 14 rue Louis Astouin, 13002 MARSEILLE, France (FRA)
Date: 2014

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