Research area

Urban and rural ecosystem services

Studying and applying new policy and resource management approaches founded upon the concept of ecosystem services.

We study (and sometimes work on the application of) new policy and resource management approaches founded upon the concept of ecosystem services. These include payments and markets for ecosystem services, as well as the UN-REDD+ framework or “green infrastructure” planning approaches in urban contexts. We also use the ecosystem services approach to develop grounded understandings of socio-cultural processes and ecological-distribution conflicts related to ecosystem management. Specifically, we aim to:

  • Identify the human values attached to ecosystem services, the spatial and social distribution of their benefits, and assess trade-offs across ecosystem services and human well-being;
  • Establish the links between biocultural diversity and ecosystem service provision, with emphasis on peoples’ interactions with the urban and rural environment through the analysis of cultural ecosystem services; and
  • Analyse the ecological effectiveness and social and environmental justice implications of policies and instruments, and management options informed by the ecosystem services framework in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

Keywords

  • Green Infrastructure
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Urban Resilience
  • Integrated Valuation
  • Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)
  • Biodiversity Offsets
  • REDD+
  • Biocultural Diversity
  • Cultural Scosystem Services
  • Ecological-distribution Conflicts

Projects research area: "Urban and rural ecosystem services"

01/12/2016 - 30/11/2020
  • Green and Blue Infrastructure
  • Social-Ecological Systems
  • Ecosystem Services

ENABLE aims to advance knowledge of how to design and implement green and blue Infrastructure in a way that maximizes its potential to deliver numerous social and environmental benefits

November 2016 – October 2020
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Urban Green Infrastructure
  • Urban re-naturing
  • Urban innovation

Examining the performance of nature-based solutions in cities to respond to urban sustainability challenges

April 2019 – April 2023
  • Environmental Justice
  • Urban Ecosystem Services
  • Urban Green Infrastructure
  • Equity

What is the contribution of Ecosystem Services to the creation of sustainable, just and resilient cities? An environmental justice perspective

November 2011 - December 2014
  • Economic Valuation
  • Market-based Instruments
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Science-policy Interface

Market-based conservation and ecosystem services, from concepts to implementation.

January 2010 - December 2014

Developing and analysing the implementation of a REDD+ pilot project in Tanzania

December 2016 - December 2017
  • Agricultural Intensification
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Land Sharing
  • Land Sparing

Synthesizing the effects of agricultural intensification on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.

November 2015 - October 2017
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Poverty
  • Development
  • Discourses
  • Networks

Parsing out debates over ecosystem services and poverty

February 2014 - October 2018
  • REDD+
  • Conflict
  • Cooperation
  • Livelihoods
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Vietnam

Investigating the effects of REDD+ policies and pilot projects on forest governance, livelihoods and conflict

February 2012-May 2015
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Values
  • Trade-offs
  • Effective policies

Advancing insights in tradeoffs and synergies between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service values for improved integrated biodiversity policy

October 2013 - June 2018
  • Ecosystem services mapping
  • Green infrastructure
  • Landscape and urban planning
  • Barcelona

The main goal of this project was to map and assess ecosystem services in the Province of Barcelona and integrate them in the existing decision-support tool SITxell (Territorial Information System for the Open Spaces Network of the Barcelona Province)

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