Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
A payment for ecosystem services system, the Landscape and Recreation Value Trade, is proposed, in which forest owners would be compensated for voluntarily enhancing the provision of landscape and recreational values in their own forests. The funds for the mechanism may be collected from visitors and/or tourism entrepreneurs using the area.
A model for piloting this payment for ecosystem services mechanism is established in the Ruka-Kuusamo tourism area in Finland.
The SINCERE project provides support to develop the model with local stakeholders and offers the possibility of testing its functioning in a real life situation. The international expert group will exchange ideas about similar approaches tested elsewhere.
Preserving landscapes and biodiversity in Kuusamo
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