Next Article in Journal
Assessment of Ecological Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of the Minjiang-Source in China
Previous Article in Journal
Tracing Paths from Research to Practice in Climate Change Education
Review

Assessing the Preservation of Parks and Natural Protected Areas: A Review of Contingent Valuation Studies

1
Laboratory of Operations Research, Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, 28hs Octovriou 78, 38333 Volos, Greece
2
Graduate Program of Sustainable Development, Department of Home Economics and Ecology, School of Environment, Geography and Applied Economics, Harokopio University, El. Venizelou 70, 17671 Athens, Greece
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4784; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114784
Received: 14 May 2020 / Revised: 8 June 2020 / Accepted: 9 June 2020 / Published: 11 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
The existence of parks is particularly important and offers many benefits both to the environment and to humans. Parks are recreational spaces, which contribute to the improvement of the microclimate, reduce atmospheric pollution and protect biodiversity. Their importance for the urban environment is even greater because they offer pure oxygen to the city and people feel close to nature in them. The aim of this study is to review studies which took place globally as well as in Greece, relying on the Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) for parks. The reason that this method is used is the valuation of non-market goods and services through the development of a hypothetical market. Additionally, a distinction is made among previous empirical studies depending on the nature of the parks and the country where the survey was conducted, while the disadvantages that must be considered from the use of Contingent Valuation Method are mentioned. According to the findings of the literature review, studies using Contingent Valuation in Greece, particularly in the case of urban parks, are limited. As far as we know, the valuation of existing urban parks has not yet been studied, so this could be a field for further research. The economic valuation of parks in a country like Greece, which suffered with the financial crisis, can lead to conclusions about the value that citizens attribute to parks and the identification of possible protest responses. View Full-Text
Keywords: CVM; WTP; urban parks; natural protected areas CVM; WTP; urban parks; natural protected areas
Show Figures

Chart 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Halkos, G.; Leonti, A.; Sardianou, E. Assessing the Preservation of Parks and Natural Protected Areas: A Review of Contingent Valuation Studies. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4784. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114784

AMA Style

Halkos G, Leonti A, Sardianou E. Assessing the Preservation of Parks and Natural Protected Areas: A Review of Contingent Valuation Studies. Sustainability. 2020; 12(11):4784. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114784

Chicago/Turabian Style

Halkos, George, Aikaterini Leonti, and Eleni Sardianou. 2020. "Assessing the Preservation of Parks and Natural Protected Areas: A Review of Contingent Valuation Studies" Sustainability 12, no. 11: 4784. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114784

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop