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A regional travel model for predicting the number of visitors in forests: application to the Walloon region
Colson, Vincent; Lejeune, Philippe
2008In Raschi, A.; Trampetti, S. (Eds.) Management for protection and sustainable development
 

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Keywords :
decay curve; forest recreation; GIS; travel model; Wallonia
Abstract :
[en] The Walloon forests are visited by local people and tourists but the importance of forest recreation is very different from one part of the Region to another. As it was particularly difficult to obtain quantified information by counting, a model has been built by GIS and taking results from different surveys (telephone survey and face-to-face interviews) into account. This model makes the distinction between local visitors and one-day tourists coming from the neighbouring regions (in a buffer zone of 50 km). A decay curve based on travel time is used for predicting the number of visits throughout all Walloon forests from each departure point. An attraction function is added to the model to attribute each visit to a woodland and different scenarios have been tested to obtain a distribution of people by regions of provenance as similar as the results of surveys. At a regional level, this model is a good alternative to counting and gives a good overview of the forests for which recreation activities are more relevant and have to be taken into account in forest management plans.
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Agriculture & agronomy
Author, co-author :
Colson, Vincent ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Lejeune, Philippe ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Language :
English
Title :
A regional travel model for predicting the number of visitors in forests: application to the Walloon region
Publication date :
2008
Event name :
The Fourth International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas
Event place :
Montecatini Terme, Italy
Event date :
du 14 octobre au 19 octobre 2008
Audience :
International
Main work title :
Management for protection and sustainable development
Author, co-author :
Raschi, A.
Trampetti, S.
Pages :
417-421
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