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Landscape Preferences of Visitors to the Danube Floodplains National Park, Vienna

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Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Peter Jordan-Straße 82, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Gregor Mendel Str. 33, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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AG BIGER, WasserCluster Lunz–biologische Station, Dr. Carl Kupelwieser Prom. 5, 3293 Lunz, Austria
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Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Gregor Mendel Str. 33, 1180 Vienna, Austria
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Academic Editor: František Petrovič
Water 2021, 13(16), 2178; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162178
Received: 7 July 2021 / Revised: 26 July 2021 / Accepted: 30 July 2021 / Published: 9 August 2021
Successfully managing heavily visited protected riverscapes requires information about visitor preferences for the social, biophysical and infrastructural attributes of river landscapes. This study analyzed the landscape preferences of 520 on-site visitors to the peri-urban Danube Floodplains National Park using an image-based discrete choice experiment. The study explored the effects of various landscape types (water bodies, terrestrial landscapes), recreational infrastructures (trail types, facilities) and trail use conditions (trail user numbers, activities) on respondents’ preferences. The results indicated that natural features, such as floodplain forests in combination with meadows or xeric alluvial biotopes, were preferred, while dense forests and, particularly, open agrarian structures were less preferred. Water bodies with 50% reed cover, few people on the trail, alleys of trees and gravel trails were favored. The outcomes serve as the basis for design recommendations for planned recreational areas surrounding the national park with the aim of absorbing visitors and reducing use pressure on the protected area. View Full-Text
Keywords: aesthetics; blue spaces; discrete choice experiment; ecosystem services; human benefits; visitor management aesthetics; blue spaces; discrete choice experiment; ecosystem services; human benefits; visitor management
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Arnberger, A.; Eder, R.; Preiner, S.; Hein, T.; Nopp-Mayr, U. Landscape Preferences of Visitors to the Danube Floodplains National Park, Vienna. Water 2021, 13, 2178. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162178

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Arnberger A, Eder R, Preiner S, Hein T, Nopp-Mayr U. Landscape Preferences of Visitors to the Danube Floodplains National Park, Vienna. Water. 2021; 13(16):2178. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162178

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Arnberger, Arne, Renate Eder, Stefan Preiner, Thomas Hein, and Ursula Nopp-Mayr. 2021. "Landscape Preferences of Visitors to the Danube Floodplains National Park, Vienna" Water 13, no. 16: 2178. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13162178

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