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Integration of the ecosystem services concept in planning documents from six municipalities in southwestern Sweden

Nordin, Amanda C.; Hanson, Helena I. LU and Alkan Olsson, Johanna LU (2017) In Ecology and Society 22(3).
Abstract

The ecosystem services (ES) concept refers to benefits that humanity receives from nature. Investigating how this concept has been embraced within urban planning is important when assessing the awareness of human dependence on natural functions and the potential for the ES concept to increase this awareness. We analyzed planning documents from three small and three large municipalities in southern Sweden to see how explicitly the ES concept was addressed and which individual services were mentioned. We found that five of the municipalities mentioned the ES concept explicitly and the remaining municipality addressed it implicitly. Comprehensive and green plans referred to the ES concept more explicitly than did plans that focused on a... (More)

The ecosystem services (ES) concept refers to benefits that humanity receives from nature. Investigating how this concept has been embraced within urban planning is important when assessing the awareness of human dependence on natural functions and the potential for the ES concept to increase this awareness. We analyzed planning documents from three small and three large municipalities in southern Sweden to see how explicitly the ES concept was addressed and which individual services were mentioned. We found that five of the municipalities mentioned the ES concept explicitly and the remaining municipality addressed it implicitly. Comprehensive and green plans referred to the ES concept more explicitly than did plans that focused on a single issue. We used 23 individual ES as a reference; each was mentioned in at least one document, but those concerning habitat and recreation were mentioned most frequently. Individual ES were generally described at an elaborate level. No major differences were identified between large and small municipalities except that large ones mentioned more individual ES. Our study demonstrates that municipalities in southern Sweden have started to integrate the ES concept into their planning documents. However, there is great potential to increase and concretize the awareness of ES.

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Green infrastructure, Municipalities, Nature-based solutions, Public policy, Spatial planning, Sweden
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Ecology and Society
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22
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3
publisher
The Resilience Alliance
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  • scopus:85030844907
  • wos:000412944300017
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1708-3087
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10.5751/ES-09420-220326
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English
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104cb48c-a7db-417a-904a-3c9b30f0913d
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  author       = {Nordin, Amanda C. and Hanson, Helena I. and Alkan Olsson, Johanna},
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  month        = {09},
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  series       = {Ecology and Society},
  title        = {Integration of the ecosystem services concept in planning documents from six municipalities in southwestern Sweden},
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  year         = {2017},
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