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António Mendes Lopes (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
António Mendes Lopes (editor)

University of Porto, Portugal

Email: aml@fe.up.pt

Jiazhong Zhang (editor)

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China

Fax: +86 29 82668723 Email: jzzhang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn


The Impact of Cattle Grazing on Recreational Ecosystem Services in a Park Area: a Gray Water Footprint Assessment

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 10(3) (2022) 269--278 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2022.09.005

V. Allocca$^1$, E. Marzano$^{2,3}$, M. Tramontano$^{2}$, F. Celico$^{4}$

$^{1}$ Department of Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

$^{2}$ Department of Economic and Legal Studies, University of Naples Parthenope, Italy

$^{3}$ CESifo Fellow, CESifo Research Network, Munich, Germany

$^{4}$ Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy

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Abstract

In park areas (PAs), restrictions on anthropogenic activities are often established to achieve the long-term conservation of nature and its associated ecosystem services and cultural values. The economic literature on freshwater ecosystem services has identified the depletion of aquatic ecosystem quality as a crucial issue, suggesting appropriate methods to evaluate this degradation in monetary terms. An alternative approach is water footprint accounting, which is employed in this study to evaluate scarcity and quality issues originating from groundwater depletion in a dynamic setting. In this study, we evaluate the impact of cattle grazing on groundwater-related ecosystem services in a karst environment located within the Monti Picentini Regional Park, located in the Campania region in southern Italy. In so doing, we guide policy makers to achieve sustainable environmental and socioeconomic management decisions for the target ecosystem to balance the competitive uses of freshwater ecosystem services in the Monti Picentini Park Area.

Acknowledgments

The Authors are grateful to two anonymous Reviewers for helpful comments and suggestions. Vincenzo Allocca acknowledges financial support from Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Sciences, University of Naples Federico II (Departmental Research, 2018). Elisabetta Marzano acknowledges financial support from University of Naples ``Parthenope'' (Research Programme, 2016-2018). Usual disclaimers apply.

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