Project: Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services

URBES addresses significant scientific knowledge gaps on the role of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well-being. This is of importance for building the ability of European cities to adapt to climate change and reduce their ecological footprints. URBES focuses particularly on functional diversity, urban ecosystem services, institutions, economics, and resilience science. It strives to translate cross disciplinary research insights into principles, land use scenarios, landscape designs and applications. In addition, URBES pioneers the development of the TEEB approach in an urban context. This project is innovative in integrating monetary and nonmonetary valuation techniques. It also studies the implications that these results might have on governance, and develops guidelines for implementation in urban landscapes.

Acronym URBES
Duration 01/09/2011 - 31/08/2014
Website visit project website
Network BiodivERsA2
Call BiodivERsA Call for proposals on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their valuation

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
The New School United States
University of Salzburg Austria
Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Centre Coordinator Sweden
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics Sweden
University of Kiel Germany
Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
University of Kiel - Kiel Institute for the World Economy Germany
Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
Mistra Urban Futures Sweden
Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
University of Helsinki Finland