Special Issue "Maintaining Ecosystem Services to Support Urban Needs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
Dr. Karsten Grunewald
Cities are growing worldwide—in their geographical extent with respect to their general and actual macro-economic significance, as well as concerning their total populations. This is particularly true for the numerous global growth centers in Asia. Thereby, land and resource utilization are increasing, in and around agglomeration centers, as well as the requirements for a good quality of life and health. Is urban nature possible in a compact city? Modern urban living, growing infrastructure and attractive work and recreational opportunities must be reconciled with preservation of biodiversity and green spaces. It is widely accepted that city forests, surface waters, parks, and gardens make up a significant part of the quality of life in cities. They represent urban ecological features, provide numerous ecosystem services, such as the adaption to climate change impacts, and are essential for the urban population in terms of environmental education and contact with nature.
Over the next few years, the key question of how to manage the balancing act with ongoing processes of urbanization will still remain. The increasing demand for houses and flats needs to be satisfied, but city borders should not expand too far into rural areas, and sufficient space for the natural environment should be maintained. Analyses of investments in nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation and maintenance of urban ecosystems are gaining interest, particularly measures that, simultaneously, generate many other services enhancing human well being. However, the implementation of green spaces as parts of urban green infrastructure in urban areas is restricted by competing urban land-use demands, limited areas for (new) green spaces, and limited public financial resources. Multifunctional green spaces are solutions and approaches to make use of the manifold and overlapping benefits on the one hand and addressing the restrictive conditions for implementation on the other hand. Nevertheless, their implementation is confronted with several barriers: missing assessments tools allowing integrated analysis of overlapping ecosystem services, lacking design principles, sectoral views on development and maintenance, traditional models of responsibilities, and funding. To make use of the opportunities of multifunctional urban green spaces, new production schemes, operation and funding models to enhance the implementation in the tension of land use conflicts, limited financial resources, and societal requirements.
In this context, this Special Issue on maintaining ecosystem services to support urban needs invites evidence-based research articles on the following main topics:
- sustainable urban development
- ecological effects caused by ongoing urbanisation
- growing cities and resource demand
- assessment of urban biodiversity
- urban land use change and impacts on ecosystem services
- functions and benefits of urban green space
- relationship between ecosystem services and biodiversity in cities
- ecosystem service flow between cities and urban fringes
- quantification of urban ecosystem services (UES) demand
- maintenance of UES in practice
- supply and demand of urban ecosystem type
Dr. Karsten Grunewald
Dr. Olaf Bastian
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- Benefits of urban green
- Ecosystem services
- Functions of urban ecosystems
- Green cities
- Green-blue infrastructure
- Land use demand
- Trade-off analysis
- Urban ecology
- Urban greening
- Urban-rural relationship
- Urban sustainability
- Values of ecosystem services