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Environmental Management Options For Mitigation Of Congestion Impacts In The Atatürk Urban Forest Of Bursa, Turkey

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP110351

Volume

150

Pages

12

Page Range

419 - 430

Published

2011

Size

375 kb

Author(s)

S. Gurluk, G. Atanur & O. Turan

Abstract

The current paper presents the results of a contingent valuation for evaluating the environmental quality in the Atatürk Urban Forest of Bursa, Turkey. The environmental quality parameter under investigation at this recreational site is congestion. Congestion is an important externality having impacts that both limit common facilities and damage natural ecosystems. When users have to pay the same price for lower environmental quality, degraded ecosystems can cause negative impacts on users’ satisfaction levels due to congestion. We employed a qualitative response model to learn the covariate effects and mean willingness to pay for shifting congestion levels. Welfare effects of congestion levels offer robust policy options to local policy-makers and on-site management. Consequences point to a resource enlarging policy rather than restrictions on visitor numbers. Keywords: congestion, contingent valuation, payment card, survivor model. 1 Introduction Forest ecosystems, consisting of the physical and biological components of the environment, indicate a stable structure. An important piece of the forest ecosystem, human impacts cause important environmental externalities by interfering in that structural stability. Fundamentals of environmental issues depend on production and consumption incentives. Those incentives creating environmental externalities linked to economic efficiency principle are not considered for resource allocation. The reasons inefficient resource allocation is that environmental goods and services have the tendency to become public

Keywords

congestion, contingent valuation, payment card, survivor model.