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Valoración del uso recreativo de un espacio natural

  • BENGOCHEA, A.

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    (Departament d’Economia. Universitat Jaume I.)

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    Los espacios naturales realizan importantes funciones ambientales y recreativas cuyo valor no es recogido por el sistema de mercado. La economía ha desarrollado métodos específicos de valoración que permiten estimar los beneficios asociados a la existencia, conservación y disfrute de estos espacios. Así, el método del coste del viaje se ha utilizado desde la década de los sesenta para valorar el uso recreativo de numerosos espacios naturales. En este trabajo se describen los fundamentos teóricos de esta aproximación metodológica y los modelos empíricos empleados para obtener las medidas de bienestar. Finalmente se presentan los resultados obtenidos en la valoración del uso recreativo del Paraje Natural del Desert de les Palmes, uno de los espacios protegidos de la Comunidad Valenciana. Natural areas carry out important environmental and recreational functions whose value is not captured by the market. Economics has developed specific methods to estimate the social benefit that the conservation and the enjoyment of this open spaces give us. Thus, the travel cost method has been used, from the seventies, to assess the amenities of a lot of natural parks. This paper describes the theoretical foundations of this methodological approach and the empirical models run in order to obtain the social welfare measures. Finally, it presents the results obtained when valuing the recreational use of the Desert de les Palmes Park, a protected area located in the Valencian Community.

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    Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
    Issue (Month): (Agosto)
    Pages: 321-338

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