Finland

Private landowners’ preferences for trading forest landscape and recreational values: A choice experiment application in Kuusamo, Finland

Although nature-based tourism is increasingly recognized, economic incentives for private landowners supporting the production of amenity values are largely lacking. This study focused on possibilities to enhance the scenic and recreational values of private forests for nature-based tourism in Finland.

Open access link: Private landowners' preferences for trading forest landscape and recreational values: A choice experiment application in Kuusamo, Finland

Importance of forest landscape quality for companies operating in nature tourism areas

To promote the growth of nature based tourism in privately owned forest areas, new policy instruments, e.g. Payments for Ecosystem Services, are needed. They could engage private forest owners and nature-based tourism companies to cooperate and support the growth of the sector.

Open access link: Importance of forest landscape quality for companies operating in nature tourism areas

Maintaining an attractive natural environment for travel destinations through landscape and recreation value trade

The trade in landscape and recreational values outlined in this article is one way of preserving our shared environment for tourists, local operators and nature itself.

Open access link (Finnish): Matkakohteen luontoympäristön vetovoimaisuuden ylläpitäminen maisema- ja virkistysarvokaupan avulla 

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Innovation lies embedded in the case study process

Stakeholder discussions on paying for ecosystem services were at the heart of the third Kuusamo stakeholder meeting as the case study begins to implement its pilot PES scheme.

Preserving landscapes and biodiversity in Kuusamo

An inspiring new video shows the value of Finland’s beautiful Ruka-Kuusamo region where wood is no longer seen as the only source of income from the forests there.

Finding Solutions in Collaboration – Selecting Areas And Increasing Awareness

The Finnish Forest Centre
Realizing the model of paying for landscape and ecosystem services has three critical issues, namely selecting the forest areas to be compensated, organising the fund collection and payments, and increasing awareness of the activities. [...]

Solutions for co-operation in forestry and nature tourism

Juhani Pyykkönen 
Senior adviser bioeconomy 
The Finnish Forest Centre (SMK), Finland
The idea of landscape as a service is not new anymore, but practical solutions are still lacking. The need is clear.  Kuusamo-Ruka tourism area [...]