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Key insights for the future of urban ecosystem services research

Peleg Kremer, Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University; Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School
Zoť Hamstead, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School
Dagmar Haase, Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin, Department of Geography; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Computational Landscape Ecology
Timon McPhearson, Urban Ecology Lab, Environmental Studies Program, The New School
Niki Frantzeskaki, DRIFT, Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erik Andersson, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Nadja Kabisch, Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin, Department of Geography; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Ecosystem Services; German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Neele Larondelle, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin, Department of Geography
Emily L Rall, Technical University of Munich, Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management
Annette Voigt, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, Alpen-Adria-Universitšt
Francesc Barů, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Christine Bertram, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Research Area The Environment and Natural Resources
Erik Gůmez-Baggethun, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA); Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Rieke Hansen, Technical University of Munich, Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management
Anna Kaczorowska, Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology
Jaan-Henrik Kain, Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology
Jakub Kronenberg, Department of International Economics, University of Lodz
Johannes Langemeyer, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Stephan Pauleit, Technical University of Munich, Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management
Katrin Rehdanz, University of Kiel, Department of Economics; Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Research Area The Environment and Natural Resources
Maria Schewenius, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Chantal van Ham, IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
Daniel Wurster
Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08445-210229

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Abstract

Understanding the dynamics of urban ecosystem services is a necessary requirement for adequate planning, management, and governance of urban green infrastructure. Through the three-year Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) research project, we conducted case study and comparative research on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services across seven cities in Europe and the United States. Reviewing > 50 peer-reviewed publications from the project, we present and discuss seven key insights that reflect cumulative findings from the project as well as the state-of-the-art knowledge in urban ecosystem services research. The insights from our review indicate that cross-sectoral, multiscale, interdisciplinary research is beginning to provide a solid scientific foundation for applying the ecosystem services framework in urban areas and land management. Our review offers a foundation for seeking novel, nature-based solutions to emerging urban challenges such as wicked environmental change issues.

Key words

biodiversity; social-ecological systems; urban ecology; urban ecosystem services; urban green infrastructure; urban liveability; urban planning

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