Ecosystem Services in Urban Contexts: Balancing City Environment
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2023) | Viewed by 11623
Interests: urban planning; landscape planning; urban design
Green systems have been revealed as a key component for improving urban environments and citizens wellbeing, incorporating vast potential to fight against climate change and to play a crucial role in the social cohesion of cities. The elements of green infrastructure are linked, not only to the landscape ecology principles, but also are related to the provision of associated ecosystem services, which are decisive for the integration of multi-scalar and multi-functional approaches to urban and regional planning.
As a matter of fact, research on ecosystem services delivery would aid the definition of criteria and strategies’ design for the best integration of the green infrastructure system in line with the creation of resilient, recognizable and effective urban networks. The types of ecosystem services contribute differently to tangible and intangible aspects related to city life, structure, and land-use configuration. By a way of illustration, Cultural ecosystem services can deliver physical and mental wellbeing to communities, through tangible aspects, such as vegetation or fauna, or intangible but valuable ones that encompass a broad range of approaches from identity, harmony or beauty, to social cohesion, recreation or cultural education, among others.
This special issue aims to gather research on the contribution of Ecosystem Services to sustainable development of urban and peri-urban contexts. The approach to research is open to cover a wide span of matters ranging from new methods or sources for Ecosystem Services’ assessment, to advances on theoretical or empirical studies, case-study analysis and/or experiences. Manuscripts are to be considered when the aims of research are aligned to any of the following topics:
- Ecosystem services and green infrastructure: multiscale approach
- Ecosystems services in urban transects: balancing city districts
- Urban facilities and ecosystem services: multifunctionality
- Social dynamics related to ecosystem services
- Ecosystem services and specific land-use approaches
- Digital approaches to the analysis of Urban Ecosystem Services
- Location-Based data as source for the study and monitoring of ecosystem service associated dynamics
- Urban resilience and ecosystem services
- Ecosystem services and urban landscape perception
- Healthy cities and citizen wellbeing
- Urban fringe integration to urban dynamics
- Ecosystem services and social cohesion
Dr. Clara Garcia-Mayor
Dr. Almudena Nolasco-Cirugeda
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- ecosystem service
- urban dynamics
- green infrastructure
- land-use mix
- peri-urban transect
- green wedge
- cultural ecosystem service
- urban design
- urban ecology
- urban fringe