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Evaluation of payment for ecosystem services in Mediterraneanforest: An empirical survey

  • Autori: Sgroi, F; Foderà, M; Dana, L-P; Mangiapane, G; Tudisca, S; Di Trapani, AM; Testa, R
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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The relationship between humans and the forest has always been an important element, sometimes char-acterizing in the history of man himself. During the last years, the socio-economic context is profoundlychanged, diversifying economic services provided by the forest. In the past, in fact, the primary functionof the forest was the firewood production, while nowadays it grants several socio-economic benefits suchas climate change mitigation, soil protection, protection and conservation of biodiversity, landscapingand recreational value. So, in recent decades a new type of socio-economic interest was developed inorder to create a market of goods and services for the forests, called as payments for ecosystem services(PES). This paper, through a survey conducted in a wooded area of Sicily where recently was established atypical example of PES (Ecocampus), aimed at determining the actual satisfaction by users of the variousservices provided by forest, the reasons that lead them to visit it and their willingness to pay.