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ESOM: Valuable Nature in the Eastern Ore Mountains

Valuation of recreational benefits provided by the Eastern Ore Mountains landscape that lead to the welfare increase of local residents and visitors.

Czech-German project was concerned with the mapping of ecosystem services (i.e. utilities which result from the biological diversity and virgin ecosystems) in the Eastern Ore Mountains. Its aim was to quantify and introduce their value to inhabitants of the region and to discuss local instruments for further development or conservation. Within the project investigation, we managed to especially evaluate the esthetical values resulting from the existence of nature related mountain creeks, maintained clearance cairns and regularly mowed mountain meadows.

Funding Agency: Cross-border Cooperation Operational Programme Free State of Saxony – Czech Republic 2007–2013
Duration: 2012–2014
Contact Person: Jiří Louda, e-mail:
Researchers: Jan Slavík, Lenka Slavíková, Ondřej Vojáček, Kristýna Rybová, Jiří Louda, Jiří Moravec, Adéla Romášková
In Cooperation with: Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IÖR), Dresden
Outputs: VOJÁČEK, O., KRATOCHVÍL, M. 2013. Assessing the economic value of ecosystem services in the Eastern Ore Mountains: using choice experiment. In ŠAUER, P. — ŠAUEROVÁ, J. (ed.). Environmental Economics, Policy and International Environmental Relations. Praha: Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, 2013, s. 165-172.
VOJÁČEK, O., LOUDA, J. 2017. Economic Value of Ecosystem Services in The Eastern Ore Mountains, E+M Ekonomie a management, 3/2017. ISSN 1212-3609.
BASTIAN, O., SYRBE, R.-U., SLAVIK, J., MORAVEC, J., LOUDA, J., KOCHAN, B., KOCHAN, N.,  STUTZRIEMER, S., BERENS, A. 2017. Ecosystem Services of Characteristic Biotope Types in the Ore Mountains (Germany/Czech Republic). International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. Vol. 13, No. 1. ISSN 2151-3740. pp. 51-71. DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2016.1248865
Web-site: Project ESOM Website
Use of Results: Background to the municipalities in Eastern Ore Mountains  promote sustainable tourism; creation of a virtual learning paths; a bilateral course for Czech and German university students; educational and information publications, research journal papers