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Developing a practical user-friendly outdoor recreation valuation appraisal tool - NR0166

The aim of the project is to build on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment recreational valuation work and to explore and develop a spatial tool valuing outdoor recreation for policy analysis that can be used at both a local and national level and for a range of policy contexts.

The tool is map-based and allows users to explore the distribution of green and blue space across England, plotting out the locations of accessible recreation sites, be those beaches, enclosed areas like parks and nature reserves, paths through the countryside or along river banks.
ORVal provides a large variety of layers which provide additional information greenspaces including their land cover, land uses, water margins, special designations and points of interest.
It allows users to explore the usage and welfare values that are generated by currently accessible sites. Welfare values can be viewed at individual site level or aggregated by regions.

The tool is accessible via
To deliver an open access tool for valuation of outdoor recreation for use in a range of practical decision contexts.
Project Documents
• ANX - Annex : Case study Number 1- Valuing Recreational Sites in West Norwich   (1157k)
• ANX - Annex : ORVal Case study number 2 - The Value of Millenium Greens   (1022k)
• ANX - Annex : ORVal user guide   (3357k)
• SUP - Supplementary Report : Data set construction report   (2423k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2015

To: 2016

Cost: £24,778
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Exeter
Natural Environment - Ecosystem services