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Valuing coastal recreation and the visual intrusion from commercial activities in Arctic Norway


Aanesen, M and Falk-Andersson, J and Vondolia, GK and Borch, T and Navrud, S and Tinch, D, Valuing coastal recreation and the visual intrusion from commercial activities in Arctic Norway, Ocean & Coastal Management, 153, (1) pp. 157-167. ISSN 0964-5691 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2017 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.12.017


The coastal zone in the Arctic is being extensively used for recreational activities. Simultaneously, there is an increasing pressure from commercial activities. We present results from a discrete choice experiment implemented in Arctic Norway, revealing how households in this region make trade-offs between recreational activities and commercial developments in the coastal zone. Our results show that, although people prefer stricter regulation of commercial activities, they welcome expansion in marine industries like aquaculture and marine fishing tourism. We also find evidence of high willingness-to-pay for new jobs; and this may partly explain the preferences for the commercial facilities in spite of the visual intrusion they create. On the other hand people expressed a clear dislike for littering of the beaches. Hence, the message to policy makers is to allow for commercial development in the coastal zone, but only under strict regulations, especially related to measures reducing the amount of marine debris.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Arctic, ecosystem services, choice experiment, valuation
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tinch, D (Dr Dugald Tinch)
ID Code:124074
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2018-02-08
Last Modified:2021-07-06

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