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Priorities and barriers for urban ecosystem service provision: A comparison of stakeholder perspectives from three cities

Buffam, Ishi and Aagaard Hagemann, Frederik and Emilsson, Tobias and Gamstetter, David and Pálsdóttir, Anna María and Randrup, Thomas and Yeshitela, Kumelachew and Ode Sang, Åsa (2022). Priorities and barriers for urban ecosystem service provision: A comparison of stakeholder perspectives from three cities. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. 4 , 83897
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Abstract

Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) can provide many needed ecosystem services (ES) to help address challenges like biodiversity loss and climate change while contributing to the health and wellbeing of urban inhabitants. In order to optimize UGI for a given city, a first step is to assess the local ES needs and the potential barriers to ES provision. However, it is not known how consistent these needs and barriers are among cities in different settings. To help address this knowledge gap, the aim of this study was to assess ES priorities and existing barriers to ES provision for three cities varying in socioeconomic, cultural and climatic setting: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Cincinnati (USA) and Malmö (Sweden). In case studies of each of the three cities, we carried out workshops with key stakeholders and collected their assessments of both current provision of ES from UGI and future priorities. The workshops were followed by expert stakeholder interviews aimed at highlighting existing barriers to ES provision. In spite of the different urban contexts, expressed ES priorities were similar among the cities, with the highest cross-cutting priorities being climate change adaptation, stormwater runoff management and water quality, mental and physical health, biodiversity, and provision of local food. Stakeholder-expressed barriers to ES provision were also broadly similar among cities, falling into three main categories: structural pressures, gaps in governance, and lack of ecological awareness and vision. Our results suggest that certain key ES priorities and barriers may apply broadly to cities regardless of climatic or socio-cultural context. These generic needs can help direct the focus of future studies, and imply a clear benefit to international, even cross-continental study and knowledge-exchange among practitioners and researchers working with UGI.

Authors/Creators:Buffam, Ishi and Aagaard Hagemann, Frederik and Emilsson, Tobias and Gamstetter, David and Pálsdóttir, Anna María and Randrup, Thomas and Yeshitela, Kumelachew and Ode Sang, Åsa
Title:Priorities and barriers for urban ecosystem service provision: A comparison of stakeholder perspectives from three cities
Series Name/Journal:Frontiers in Sustainable Cities
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:4
Article number:83897
Number of Pages:21
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:urban planning and management, Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI), Cascade Model of ecosystem services, Nature-based Solution (NbS), Global South, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118421
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118421
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DOI10.3389/frsc.2022.838971
ID Code:28545
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
(LTJ, LTV) > Department of People and Society (from 2021)
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:25 Aug 2022 07:26
Metadata Last Modified:25 Aug 2022 07:31

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