Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Nature is priceless, right?
Right and wrong! With a more mature economic development a re-appreciation of the natural takes place since nature and natural areas are important elements in the development of man’s higher needs. Within well-developed economies we therefore witness increased attention for protection and re-appreciation of nature in many aspects. This may relate to biodiversity concerns and loss of species richness or diversity of ecosystems. But it may also relate to nature-related leisure and recreation as well as to nature-related higher-needs activities that center around feeling connected to nature and peak experiences in nature.
But measuring the value of nature is surely very intricate and complex. We can't possibly value the intrinsic existence value of nature, right? We can't counterbalance hard economic money values with soft nature values, can we? Haven't scholars struggled for decades to price priceless nature?
Compared to a Hubble telescope or a DNA test measuring the value of nature is actually quite simple, if we understand a few basic fundamental notions. Still what is holding us back in using these simple valuation tools? Can we discover this together?
- Register yourself at Greenmapper
- Bijker et al. (2014) - Managing Urban Wellbeing in Rural Areas: The Potential Role of Online Communities to Improve the Financing and Governance of Highly Valued Nature Areas
- Sijtsma et al. (2012) - Beyond monetary measurement: How to evaluate projects and policies using the ecosystem services framework
Recommended / optional reading:
- Daams, Sijtsma and Van der Vlist (2016) - The effect of natural space on nearby property prices: accounting for perceived attractiveness
- Unifocus video: Declare your love for your favourite piece of nature:
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