Special Issue "Ecosystem Services and Urban Green Spaces: Planning, Policy Development and Governance Implications"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 357

Special Issue Editors

Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Interests: ecosystem services; participatory mapping; nature-based solutions; landscape ecology
Department of Architecture and Engineering, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Polis University, 12 Rruga Bylis, 1051 Tirana, Albania
Interests: resilience; landscape resilience; cultural heritage; landscape planning; sustainable architecture
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Polytechnic of Milan, School of Management, Milan, Italy
Interests: collaborative governance; circular economy; co-production; policy analysis; management of protected areas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban ecosystems are home to the majority of the world's population. These ecosystems are complex and constantly changing. Green areas, in which we would like to include urban horticulture, cemeteries, urban forests and nature-based solutions in this context, are essential components for the well-being of citizens, providing several ecosystem services (ES). 

In order to benefit from these services over time, it is necessary to map and assess them, as well as analyze and improve policy tools, collaborative governance patterns and urban planning strategies.

This Special Issue focuses on mapping and assessing urban ES; planning urban green spaces in order to improve the provision of ES; formulating consistent policies and strengthening government management of green spaces; analyzing the functioning of collaborative governance arrangements related to urban green spaces; and deepening the set of innovative policy tools (e.g., living labs) used to establish ES.

We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Dr. Luca Battisti
Dr. Fabrizio Aimar
Dr. Federico Cuomo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ecosystem services
  • green areas
  • urban ecology
  • green infrastructure
  • urban forest
  • urban resilience
  • urban planning and policies
  • urban governance
  • urban horticulture
  • cemeteries and sacred places

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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