March 11, 2020
On March 13th, M. Sc. (Agr. for.) Tuija Lankia will defend her doctoral thesis “The economic value of the priceless: revealing the benefits of outdoor recreation in Finland”. Her thesis belongs to the fields of environmental economics.
Lankia contributes to the existing environmental economics literature on the economic value of non-market environmental benefits by studying the value of recreational use of nature in Finland. She evaluates the economic value of recreational ecosystem services by regions in Finland and studies how changes in water quality affect the value of leisure home and swimming visits. She also studies Finns’ willingness to pay to landowners for land management actions that enhance recreational value of natural areas such as for restoring trails or management of shores and water systems. In addition to willingness to pay, she studies Finns’ willingness to participate in the practical work of the management actions.
She demonstrates the high value of recreational use of nature to Finns in monetary terms and finds that water quality changes have impact on the recreational value of water systems. She also finds that Finns’ willingness to pay for land management practices that enhance the recreational value of landscape is quite limited, but their willingness to spend their own time on the practical work of the practices might help to maintain and improve recreational quality of landscape in small case situations
After her defence, Lankia will continue her work as a research scientist specialized in economic valuation of ecosystem services at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).