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Takeuchi, K., K. Ichikawa, T. Elmqvist. Satoyama landscape as social–ecological system: historical changes and future perspective. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.11.001
Many production landscapes around the world have been sustained through appropriate use and management of natural resources, but many are now facing overuse or underuse. This paper explores future perspectives on the satoyama landscape (traditional Japanese rural landscape) as a social–ecological system through an overview of its transformation. Two phases in the human–nature relationship are observed: before the fossil ...
McPhearson, T., E. Andersson, T. Elmqvist, N. Frantzeskaki. 2015. Resilience of and through urban ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services 12: 152–156.
Cities and urban areas are critical components of global sustainability as loci of sustainability progress and drivers of global transformation, especially in terms of energy efficiency, climate change adaptation, and social innovation. However, urban ecosystems have not been incorporated adequately into urban governance and planning for resilience despite mounting evidence that urban resident health and wellbeing is closely t...
Kremer, P., E. Andersson, T. McPhearson, T. Elmqvist. 2015. Advancing the frontier of urban ecosystem services research. Ecosystem Services 12: 149–151.
This special section in Ecosystem Services presents multiple approaches to better incorporate societal dimensions in urban ecosystem services research. It explores: (1) How the ecosystem services approach might be expanded and provide important bridges to achieve urban sustainability and resilience (2) Specifically how cultural ecosystem services in urban areas may represent a key to valuation, improvement and preservation ...
Guerry, A.D., S. Polasky, J. Lubchenco, R. Chaplin-Kramer, G.C. Daily, R. Griffin, M. Ruckelshaus, I.J. Bateman, A. Duraiappah, T. Elmqvist, M.W. Feldman, C. Folke, J. Hoekstra, P.M. Kareiva, B.L. Keeler, S. Li, E. McKenzie, Z. Ouyang, B. Reyers, T.H. Ricketts, J. Rockström, H. Tallis, B. Vira. 2015. Natural capital and ecosystem services informing decisions: From promise to practice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 112: 7348–7355
The central challenge of the 21st century is to develop economic, social, and governance systems capable of ending poverty and achieving sustainable levels of population and consumption while securing the life-support systems underpinning current and future human well-being. Essential to meeting this challenge is the incorporation of natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides into decision-making. We explore prog...
Elmqvist, T., H. Setälä, S.N. Handel, S. van der Ploeg, J. Aronson, J.N. Blignaut, E. Gómez-Baggethun, D.J. Nowak, J. Kronenberg, R. de Groot. 2015. Benefits of restoring ecosystem services in urban areas. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14: 101–108
Cities are a key nexus of the relationship between people and nature and are huge centers of demand for ecosystem services and also generate extremely large environmental impacts. Current projections of rapid expansion of urban areas present fundamental challenges and also opportunities to design more livable, healthy and resilient cities (e.g. adaptation to climate change effects). We present the results of an analysis of b...
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Takeuchi, K., T. Elmqvist, M. Hatakeyama, J. Kauffman, N. Turner, D. Zhou. 2014. Using sustainability science to analyse social-ecological restoration in NE Japan after the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Sustainability Science 9(4): 513-526.
In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of northeastern Japan in March 2011, proposals for reconstruction and rehabilitation are still subjects of debate. The claim by many climate scientists that large-scale extreme events can be expected in the future, with similar catastrophic effects in coastal areas, suggests the need for long-term planning that aims at building resilience, the ability ...
Schewenius, M., T. McPhearson, T. Elmqvist. 2014. Opportunities for increasing resilience and sustainability of urban social-ecological systems: Insights from the URBES and the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook Projects. Ambio 43(4): 434-444.
Urban futures that are more resilient and sustainable require an integrated social–ecological system approach to urban policymaking, planning, management, and governance. In this article, we introduce the Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) and the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO) Projects as new social–ecological contributions to research and practice on emerging urban resilience and ecosystem services. W...
Haase, D., N. Frantzeskaki, T. Elmqvist. 2014. Ecosystem services in urban landscapes: Practical applications and governance implications. Ambio 43(4-SI): 407-412.
Urban landscapes are the everyday environment for the majority of the global population, and almost 80 % of the Europeans live in urban areas. The continuous growth in the number and size of urban areas along with an increasing demand on resources and energy poses great challenges for ensuring human welfare in cities while preventing an increasing loss of biodiversity. The understanding of how urban ecosystems function, prov...
Elmqvist, T. 2014. Urban resilience thinking. Solutions 5(5): 26-30
We are entering a new urban era where the planet is increasingly influenced by human activities and where cities have become a central nexus of the relationship between people and nature, both as crucial centers of demand for ecosystem services, and as sources of environmental impacts. However, in the next two to three decades, we have unprecedented chances to vastly improve global sustainability through designing urban syst...
Haase, D. , N. Larondelle, E. Andersson, M. Artmann, S. Borgström, J. Breuste, E. Gomez-Baggethun, Å. Gren, Z. Hamstead, R. Hansen, P. Kremer, J. Langemeyer, E.L. Rall, T. McPhearson, S. Pauleit, S. Qureshi, N. Schwarz, A. Voigt, D. Wurster, T. Elmqvist 2014. A Quantitative Review of Urban Ecosystem Service Assessments: Concepts, Models and Implementation. AMBIO, 43, 413-433
Although a number of comprehensive reviews have examined global ecosystem services (ES), few have focused on studies that assess urban ecosystem services (UES). Given that more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, understanding the dualism of the provision of and need for UES is of critical importance. Which UES are the focus of research, and what types of urban land use are examined? Are models or decision s...
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