Walking in the Irish countryside – Landowner preferences and attitudes to improved public access provision
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CitationBuckley, Cathal , Hynes, Stephen , van Rensburg, Tom M. and Doherty, Edel (2009). Walking in the Irish countryside: landowner preferences and attitudes to improved public access provision. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 52: 8, 1053 — 1070. DOI: 10.1080/09640560903327690
AbstractThis 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.
FunderDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine