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Doctoral Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsentwicklung, Erholungs- und Naturschutzplanung (ILEN), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 193. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
Recreationists’ preferences are not equal among all recreationists participating in the same activity. The purpose of this study was to investigate whitewater boaters’ preferences for social, resource, and managerial attributes by using a discrete choice model and further explore heterogeneity in preferences of boaters recreating in different settings and among specialization groups. Additionally, potential conflict issues between whitewater boaters and anglers were explored. Data were collected at three rivers in the U.S. (North Umpqua, Upper Deschutes, Lower Youghiogheny) and one river in Austria (Salza). A total of 1460 interviews were obtained using standardized questionnaires addressing boaters’ preferences, recreation specialization, conflict and crowding perception. The core of the survey instrument was a visual discrete choice experiment displaying river trip scenarios using six variables (number of people on the river, waiting time for boat launching, waiting time for parking, river difficulty, trip length, river access fee). First, paddlers’ preferences were compared between boaters recreating in a low and a high use setting, finding that preferences align with the setting they are recreating in. Second, preferences for social, resource, and managerial attributes on the Salza River were explored for a cross-country comparison. Third, the preference heterogeneity among specialization groups was examined, demonstrating that one social, and two resource attributes differed in specialization level. Fourth, potential conflict issues between whitewater boaters and fishermen were investigated, finding that conflict was almost not existing on the North Umpqua River. Overall, and regardless of the specialization level, the number of people on the river played a significant role for whitewater boaters, suggesting that management needs to focus on crowding related issues. Paddlers across all study areas seemed to choose the settings based on their preferences for social, resource, and managerial attributes, as those aligned with the actual settings.

Betreuer: Arnberger Arne

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