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Type of publication: Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Miškotyra / Forestry (A004)
Author(s): Mizaras, Stasys;Kavaliauskas, Marius;Činga, Gintautas;Mizaraitė, Diana;Belova, Olgirda
Title: Socio-Economic Aspects of Recreational Use of Forests in Lithuania
Is part of: Baltic Forestry. Girionys : Lithuanian Forest Research Institute et all, 2015, Vol. 21, N 2
Extent: p. 308-314
Date: 2015
Keywords: Forest;recreation;socio-economic aspects
Abstract: This study clarifies recreational use of Lithuanian forests according to basic socio-economic characteristics (number of visitors, their objectives, problems, and economic assessment). Sociological surveys of inhabitants were conducted and methods of contingent valuation of forest recreational functions were applied. It was determined that the top primary recreational activities were simple relaxation (general sightseeing, hiking and walking, general relaxation) in the forest and picking mushrooms and berries. Survey results revealed that the intensity of visiting the forests for recreational purposes in 2012 was approximately 33.4 million visits per day. Over the past twenty years, transportation to the forest for recreational or commercial purposes changed from the dominant public transport usage to travel by personal vehicles. According to the survey results, a considerable number of respondents (88 %) would not agree to be charged for a visit to the forest, the rest would agree to be charged on average 1.02 EUR per day. Extrapolating the application of this tax provides a value of 34.15 million EUR for recreational functions of the Lithuanian forests
Affiliation(s): Lietuvos agrarinių ir miškų mokslų centro filialas Miškų institutas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Žemės ūkio akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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