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Do city dwellers care about peri-urban land use? The case of environment-friendly agriculture around Milan

Arata, Linda; Guastella, Gianni; Pareglio, Stefano; Scarpa, Riccardo; Sckokai, Paolo

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Authors

Linda Arata

Gianni Guastella

Stefano Pareglio

Paolo Sckokai



Abstract

Undeveloped land adjacent to urban areas has a strong potential to generate high amenity values to urban dwellers via the adoption of environment-friendly agricultural practices. Yet, there is a lack of specific policy measures tailored to unlock such potential and a scant knowledge of the preferences of the main beneficiaries. Analysis of data from a Choice Experiment in the municipality of Milan based on current policy deliverables shows that a large share of the urban population is willing to pay for specific ecological benefits linked to agricultural practices. Organic farming and land strips sown with wildflowers are the two practices whose ecological benefits are found most desirable. Willingness to pay for a policy intervention is shown to significantly correlate with income class, with low income recipients being more interested in organic farming while those with middle or high income deriving higher benefits from planting fast-growing trees.

Citation

Arata, L., Guastella, G., Pareglio, S., Scarpa, R., & Sckokai, P. (2021). Do city dwellers care about peri-urban land use? The case of environment-friendly agriculture around Milan. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64(6), 1044-1066. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2020.1799765

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 16, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2020
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jul 22, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 30, 2021
Journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Print ISSN 0964-0568
Electronic ISSN 1360-0559
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 6
Pages 1044-1066
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2020.1799765
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1265870

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