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Walking in the Irish countryside – Landowner preferences and attitudes to improved public access provision

Creator:

Buckley, Cathal; Hynes, Stephen; van Rensburg, Tom M.; Doherty, Edel;

Institution: Taylor & Francis
Subject Keywords: Public access; Recreation; Walking; Landowners; Willingness-to-accept;
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This paper explores the attitudes of landowners across Ireland to the wider provision of public access for recreational walking using a multinomial logit model. The study also investigates the level of compensation required to improve the supply of this public good. Results indicate that 51% of landowners are not willing to provide access (non providers), 21% are willing to provide access free of charge (free providers) and 28% seek compensation (willing providers). Our findings indicate that participation by landowners in a proposed public access scheme is influenced by landowners’ experience with walkers, farm type, farm insurance costs, household demographics, regional variations, opportunity cost of land and participation in other agri-environment schemes. Mean willingness to accept for landowners willing to facilitate improved public access for walking was found to be €0.27 per metre of walkway.

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Buckley, Cathal; Hynes, Stephen; van Rensburg, Tom M.; Doherty, Edel; . () Walking in the Irish countryside – Landowner preferences and attitudes to improved public access provision [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/771900 [Accessed: 16th July 2019].

  

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