This contribution presents the results of a qualitative research on how locals in 2 municipalities in the Leuven peri-urban area assess and rank 30 ecosystem services. The selected municipalities are surrounding the Meerdaalwoud-Heverleebos, one of the largest and most visited urban forests in Flanders (Northern Belgium). The interviewees (N=18) were selected based on their roles in the community, their use of natural resources and positions within municipal and regional administrations. Respondents were questioned about their personal use of and view towards their surrounding landscape, forest and nature elements,.. The sample included a broad range of views on and use of nature. The qualitative analysis of data is inspired by a grounded theory methodology and aims to develop an explanatory theory on how people's views on nature influence their assessment of ecosystem services and land use and management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Forum on Urban Forestry
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2011
EventUnknown -
Duration: 2 Jun 2011 → …


Period2/06/11 → …

    Research areas

  • urban forestry, ecosystem services, social assessment, views on nature, images on nature

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