Valuing recreational benefits of urban forestry: A case study of Chandigarh (India) city
Urban greens have significant amenity and recreational use value contributing towards quality of urban life. It is observed that politicians/bureaucrats/industrial houses, especially in developing countries, try to grab these green open spaces for creation of concrete jungle. Scientific understanding of how urban trees, parks, gardens benefit people is generally found lacking in majority of developing countries. This happens because non-market benefits of such areas are not correctly valued and incorporated in to cost-benefit analysis of so called development projects. Chandigarh is one of the planned cities of India, which is known in the world for its magnificent parks/gardens/urban greenery and was selected for quantification of recreational use value of urban forestry. The non-market value of recreational benefits provided by the urban forestry of the city, from the point of view of residents as well as tourists was estimated.