Valuation of environmental public goods and services at different spatial scales: A review

Annemarie Kerkhof*, Eric Drissen, Anton S. Uiterkamp, Henk Moll

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To manage environmental problems in an adequate way, it is essential to take different spatial scales into consideration. As a tool for decision making, it would be beneficial if valuation methods take spatial scales into account as well. In this article, we review the valuation literature with regard to the spatial scales of environmental public goods and services to which the contingent valuation method, hedonic pricing method, and travel cost method have been applied in the past. We classified 117 environmental case studies to the local, landscape/watershed, regional, and global scales. These case studies cover a broad range of environmental goods and services, such as green space in a city, air quality, rivers, natural areas, and a stable climate system. Additionally, we took into account the year of publication of the case studies. Our results show that the majority of the environmental case studies are related to the local and landscape/watershed scales. However, the number of case studies on the regional and global scales has been increasing in recent years. This article argues that such a change in spatial scale calls for a debate on scaling issues in the field of environmental valuation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Integrative Environmental Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • monetary valuation
  • spatial scale
  • environmental public goods

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