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Walking in the Irish countryside: landowner preferences and attitudes to improved public access provision

  • Cathal Buckley
  • Stephen Hynes
  • Tom van Rensburg
  • Edel Doherty

This paper explores the attitudes of landowners across Ireland to the wider provision of public access for recreational walking using a multinomial logit model. The study also investigates the level of compensation required to improve the supply of this public good. Results indicate that 51% of landowners are not willing to provide access (non-providers), 21% are willing to provide access free of charge (free providers) and 28% seek compensation (willing providers). The findings indicate that participation by landowners in a proposed public access scheme is influenced by landowners' experience with walkers, farm type, farm insurance costs, household demographics, regional variations, opportunity cost of land and participation in other agri-environment schemes. Mean willingness-to-accept for landowners willing to facilitate improved public access for walking was found to be €0.27 per metre of walkway.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Volume (Year): 52 (2009)
Issue (Month): 8 ()
Pages: 1053-1070

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