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Recreational, Cultural and Aesthetic Services from Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems

  • Paulo A.L.D. Nunes

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Rosimeiry Portela

    (Conservation International, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science)

  • Nalini Rao

    (Conservation International, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science)

  • Sonja S. Teelucksingh

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the University of the West Indies)

The role of economic analysis in guiding the sustainable development of estuarine and coastal ecosystems is investigated based on a comprehensive review of the literature on the valuation of the recreation, cultural and aesthetic services. The implications of the findings for the sustainable management of coral reefs, Marine Protected Areas, and Small Island Developing States are discussed. Finally, the potential of meta-analytical benefit transfer and scaling up of values at various aggregation levels is demonstrated in the context of coastal tourism and recreation in Europe. The results of the study support the conclusion that the non-material values provided by coastal and estuarine ecosystems in terms of recreational, cultural and aesthetic services represent a substantial component of human well-being.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2009.121.

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