The foregone recreation value of Lake Ülemiste. Ülemiste järve kaotatud rekreatiivne väärtus

  • Sirje Pädam
  • Üllas Ehrlich
Keywords: contingent valuation, recreation value, drinking water reservoir

Abstract

Since Soviet times Lake Ülemiste has been closed to public access. The current practice of Tallinn may entail unnecessary losses of benefits to the local population. The aim of this paper is to find the value of the foregone benefits. In order to find this value, a contingent valuation (CVM) survey was conducted involving a sample of the adult population of Tallinn. According to the survey the average willingness to pay is 6.6 Euro and the recreational benefits foregone were estimated to 1.8 million Euros annually. In order to safeguard the quality of the drinking water, additional measures may be needed. Discounted over a 30 year period allows investments of a maximum of 26 million Euro. Applying the current investment plan of Gothenburg to Tallinn shows that the recreational value of opening the lake to the public is sufficiently large to cover Gothenburg’s coal filter investments to be carried out in Tallinn.

Author Biographies

Sirje Pädam
Tallinn University of Technology
Üllas Ehrlich
Tallinn University of Technology
How to Cite
Pädam, S., & Ehrlich, Üllas. (1). The foregone recreation value of Lake Ülemiste. Ülemiste järve kaotatud rekreatiivne väärtus. Estonian Discussions on Economic Policy, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.15157/tpep.v19i1.433
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