The increasing frequency of droughts across Europe is likely to lead to higher wildfire risks in vulnerable ecosystems. Heathland is among the most wildfire-prone ecosystems while it is also an ecosystem that provides recreational opportunities to visitors. Anne Nobel, under the supervision of Prof. dr. Robert Malina and Prof. dr. Sebastien Lizin, recently published the first scientific study that estimates the recreational value for heathland in a European protected area and for how wildfires affect this value.
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Nobel, A., Lizin, S., Witters, N., Rineau, F. and Malina, R. (2020). “The impact of wildfires on the recreational value of heathland: A discrete factor approach with adjustment for on-site sampling.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management