Special Issue "Urban Ecosystem Services"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alessio Russo
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Guest Editor
School of Arts, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, GL50 4AZ Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Interests: Urban ecosystem services and disservices; nature-based solutions; Biophilic urbanism; urban ecology; green infrastructure; urban agriculture; Urban green spaces and health; Ecological landscape design; Sustainable planning; Cultural landscapes; landscape architecture
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Prof. Dr. Giuseppe T. Cirella
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Guest Editor
Affiliation 1.: University of Gdansk, 81-824 Sopot, Poland
Affiliation 2.: Polo Centre of Sustainability, 18100 Imperia, Italy
Interests: sustainability; human geography; spatial analysis; contemporary globalization; demography; nature and society; cultural geography; economic geography; agriculture and food; political geography; urbanization and city spaces
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a Special Issue of Land on “Urban Ecosystem Services”.

Urbanization, growth population and climate change have negative impacts on ecosystem services (ES) in cities [1–3]. Assessing as well as estimating the losses of ES due to rapid urban expansion plays a significant role in sustainable urban development [4]. However, studies on the effects of urbanization on ES have shown inconsistent and, in some cases, contradictory results [1–3].

Modern compact cities have been identified as having a high-density and mixed-use pattern. Their features are believed to contribute to a form of functional urban design that supports sustainability and restresses the importance of ES. The urban green space plays a vital role in the design and impact on how compact cities have developed, and thus, a scientific discord on the amount of greenery individuals require and to what extent contemporary approaches address this has been triggered. Therefore, future cities should integrate social-ecological systems into urban planning, management, and governance [3,5]. Topics related to compact city design and land use planning are welcome.

This Special Issue aims to explore innovative approaches for enhancing urban sustainability and ES in the face of increasing urbanization concerns.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assessing natural capital and ecosystem services;
  • Compact cities;
  • Ecology in cities;
  • Ecosystem services, ecosystem disservices, and well-being;
  • Ecosystem service degradation;
  • Edible green infrastructure;
  • Green infrastructure;
  • Green space;
  • Green walls;
  • Healing garden design;
  • Landscape architecture and urban design;
  • Mapping and assessing ecosystem services;
  • Modelling ecosystem services;
  • Nature-based solutions;
  • Social-ecological systems;
  • Sustainable urbanism;
  • Urban agriculture;
  • Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • Urban biosphere reserve;
  • Urban ecosystems;
  • Urban forest;
  • Urban geography and development;
  • Urban land use planning;
  • Urban–rural interface;
  • Urban sustainability.


  1. Wang, J.; Zhou, W.; Pickett, S.T.A.; Yu, W.; Li, W. A multiscale analysis of urbanization effects on ecosystem services supply in an urban megaregion. Sci. Total Environ. 2019, 662, 824–833.
  2. Russo, A.; Cirella, G.T. Edible Green Infrastructure 4.0 for Food Security and Well-being: Campania Region, Italy. In International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. Compendium of Inspiring Practices: Health Edition; Quinlan, V., Ed.; UN Habitat, HS/080/18E: Nairobi, Kenya, 2018; p. 72.
  3. Russo, A.; Cirella, G.T. Modern Compact Cities: How Much Greenery Do We Need? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2180.
  4. Das, M.; Das, A. Dynamics of Urbanization and its impact on Urban Ecosystem Services (UESs): A study of a medium size town of West Bengal, Eastern India. J. Urban Manag. 2019, 1–15.
  5. Schewenius, M.; McPhearson, T.; Elmqvist, T. Opportunities for Increasing Resilience and Sustainability of Urban Social–Ecological Systems: Insights from the URBES and the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Projects. Ambio 2014, 43, 434–444.

Dr. Alessio Russo
Prof. Giuseppe T. Cirella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • urbanization
  • ecosystem services
  • urban ecology
  • green infrastructure
  • green space
  • resiliency
  • sustainability
  • urban trees

Published Papers

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