Benefits of coastal recreation in Europe: Identifying trade-offs and priority regions for sustainable management

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This paper examines the welfare dimension of the recreational services of coastal ecosystems through the application of a meta-analytical value transfer framework, which integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the characterization of climate, biodiversity, accessibility, and anthropogenic pressure in each of 368 regions of the European coastal zone. The relative contribution of international, domestic, and local recreationists to aggregated regional values is examined. The implications of the analysis for prioritization of conservation areas and identification of good management practices are highlighted through the comparative assessment of estimated recreation values, current environmental pressures, and existing network of protected sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-229
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the European Commission under grant agreement no. 226675 – Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas (KnowSeas), and 265103 – Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a Changing Climate (MedSeA). The author wishes to thank Paulo A.L.D. Nunes and three anonymous referees for their valuable comments and suggestions on previous versions of this manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Coastal recreation
  • Ecosystem service mapping
  • European Union
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Meta-analytical value transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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