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Land 2018, 7(4), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/land7040112

Assessing Nature-Based Recreation to Support Urban Green Infrastructure Planning in Trento (Italy)

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Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, 38123 Trento, Italy
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European Commission—Joint Research Centre, 21027 Ispra, Italy
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Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 10 September 2018 / Accepted: 21 September 2018 / Published: 27 September 2018
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Abstract

Nature-based recreation is among the most relevant ecosystem services supplied by urban green infrastructure, affecting citizens’ physical and mental wellbeing. Providing adequate green spaces for nature-based recreation is among the main goals of urban planning, but commonly-used indicators offer a partial view on the issue. Innovative methods and approaches, such as the ESTIMAP-recreation model, appear as promising ways to increase the quality of information available for decision-makers by considering both the range of green spaces that provide the service and the locally-specific demand. The article presents an application of the ESTIMAP-recreation model to the city of Trento (Italy), aimed at testing its adaptation to the local context and the potential improvements brought to urban planning. The comparison of the results with traditional indicators based on the availability and accessibility to urban parks shows significant differences in terms of priority of intervention across the city, with implications on planning decisions. The application demonstrates that innovative methods can enhance the understanding of nature-based recreation in cities beyond the focus on urban parks, revealing a wide portfolio of actions that planners can put in place to promote nature-based recreation through a multifunctional green infrastructure. View Full-Text
Keywords: nature-based recreation; urban planning; urban green infrastructure; ecosystem services; green spaces; ESTIMAP nature-based recreation; urban planning; urban green infrastructure; ecosystem services; green spaces; ESTIMAP
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Cortinovis, C.; Zulian, G.; Geneletti, D. Assessing Nature-Based Recreation to Support Urban Green Infrastructure Planning in Trento (Italy). Land 2018, 7, 112.

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