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Title (Primary) A comparative exploration of uptake and potential application of ecosystem services in urban planning
Author Rall, E.L.; Kabisch, N.; Hansen, R.;
Journal Ecosystem Services
Year 2016
Department ESS;
Volume 16
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T13;
Keywords Ecosystem services; Environmental policy; Urban governance; Berlin; New York City
UFZ wide themes RU1
Abstract The concept of ecosystem services (ES) holds promise as a framework for more integrated urban planning, but its application in planning practice, including related challenges, remains an area of investigation. This paper seeks to help fill this gap through a comparative case study exploring current and potential application of ES in the cities of New York and Berlin. We examine: (1) how the concept of ES has been adopted, taking into consideration ES addressed in strategic planning documents as well as perceptions of the concept by key stakeholders in planning and management of urban green space, and (2) needs and challenges identified by stakeholders for green space planning and management. A multi-method design is used, combining literature review, content analysis of strategic plans and semi-structured key informant interviews. Findings reveal a reasonably high level of awareness, understanding and perceived importance of the concept but a much lower degree of uptake at an operational level. We identified a number of challenges which ES can address, including inter-departmental and multi-scale coordination, educating and engaging citizens in environmental stewardship, communicating strategy goals for the environment and assessing impacts of planning decisions. We conclude with implications for ES research and policy in urban areas.
ID 17299
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=17299
Rall, E.L., Kabisch, N., Hansen, R. (2016):
A comparative exploration of uptake and potential application of ecosystem services in urban planning
Ecosyst. Serv. 16 , 230 - 242