Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre
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Title: UI - Nature based recreation opportunities (LUISA Platform REF2014)


Public, local, nature-based, outdoor recreational activities include a wide variety of practices ranging from walking, jogging or running in the closest green urban area or at the river/lake/sea shore, riding bike in nature after work, picnicking, observing flora and fauna, organizing a daily trip to enjoy the surrounding beauties of the landscape, among a myriad of other possibilities. These activities have an important role on the human well-being and health, since they provide physical, aesthetic, cultural benefits and offer an opportunity to experience directly a relationship with nature. In addition, fruition of nature-based recreational activities may induce people’s support for ecosystem protection. The model estimates the capacity of urban ecosystems to provide recreational opportunities.

Carlo Lavalle
Grazia Zulian 0000-0002-9951-6765
How to cite
Zulian, Grazia; Lavalle, Carlo (2015):  UI - Nature based recreation opportunities (LUISA Platform REF2014). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
Related resources

Data access


  • publication European cities: territorial analysis of characteristics and trends - An application of the LUISA Modelling Platform (EU Reference Scenario 2013 - Updated Configuration 2014)


  • publication Mapping cultural ecosystem services: A framework to assess the potential for outdoor recreation across the EU


Additional information
Last modified 2015-08-20
Issue date 2015-08-20
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Geographic area European Union
Temporal coverage

From: 2010-01-01 – To: 2050-12-31

Update frequency annual
Language English
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 72 GEOGRAPHY

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