Journal Article

Key insights for the future of urban ecosystem services research

Ecology and Society, Volume 21, No. 2, Art. 29

Understanding the dynamics of urban ecosystem services is a necessary requirement for adequate planning, management, and governance of urban green infrastructure. Through the three-year Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) research project, we conducted case study and comparative research on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services across seven cities in Europe and the United States. Reviewing > 50 peer-reviewed publications from the project, we present and discuss seven key insights that reflect cumulative findings from the project as well as the state-of-the-art knowledge in urban ecosystem services research. The insights from our review indicate that cross-sectoral, multiscale, interdisciplinary research is beginning to provide a solid scientific foundation for applying the ecosystem services framework in urban areas and land management. Our review offers a foundation for seeking novel, nature-based solutions to emerging urban challenges such as wicked environmental change issues.


Peleg Kremer
Christine Bertram - Kiel Institute
Christine Bertram
Katrin Rehdanz - Kiel Institute
Katrin Rehdanz
Zoé Hamstead
Dagmar Haase
Timon McPhearson
Niki Franzeskaki
Erik Andersson
Nadja Kabisch
Neele Larondelle
Emily Lorance Rall
Annette Voigt
Francesc Baró
Erik Gómez-Baggethun
Rieke Hansen
Anna Kaczorowska
Jan-Hendrik Kain
Jakub Kronenberg
Johannes Langemeyer
Stefan Pauleit
Maria Schewenius
Chantal van Ham
Daniel Wurster
Thomas Elmqvist