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Adem Esmail, B., Cortinovis, C., Suleiman, L., Albert, C., Geneletti, D. & Mörtberg, U. (2022). Greening cities through urban planning: A literature review on the uptake of concepts and methods in Stockholm. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 127584
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2022 (English)In: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, ISSN 1618-8667, E-ISSN 1610-8167, p. 127584-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nature-based solutions (NBS) represent the most recent of several "greening" concepts proposed to support spatial planning and decision-making towards sustainable metropolitan regions. Despite similarities, the concepts stem from different disciplines and policy arenas and reflect various models of people-nature relations. This paper aims to analyze the uptake of greening concepts in scientific planning literature focusing on (urban) nature and landscape in the metropolitan region of Stockholm, Sweden, over the last three decades. It investigates what changes this evolution has brought in terms of the topics adopted, methods applied, and types of planning support put into practice. We identified 574 articles that reflect substantial research on greening concepts in the Swedish planning context. The articles demonstrate an initial prevalence of biodiversity with later increases of interest in ecosystem services and NBS. A detailed analysis of the studies focusing on Stockholm revealed Population growth/densification, Green space management and Biodiversity conservation as the most commonly addressed societal challenges. The most frequently mentioned type of green and blue element is Parks and (semi-)natural urban green areas, including urban forests. Methods applied were mostly quantitative, while mixes with qualitative approaches were only apparent in ecosystem services articles. Half of the studies involved practitioners or decision-makers, but only four seemed related to real-life planning processes. Taken together, the influence of scientific literature on the uptake of greening concepts in spatial planning seems to have been limited. Future mainstreaming of greening concepts in Stockholm and beyond could benefit from available data, methods and experiences, but will require more active translation and boundary management. Further research into science-policy-planning interfaces at city scale is thus imperative to advance more sustainable pathways for people and nature in metropolitan regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier BV, 2022
Keywords
Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Nature’s contributions to people, Green infrastructure, Green wedges, Green belt, Transformative change
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-311330 (URN)10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127584 (DOI)000797192300001 ()2-s2.0-85133652583 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-00086 and 2021-00054StandUp
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QC 20220509

Available from: 2022-04-21 Created: 2022-04-21 Last updated: 2024-03-18Bibliographically approved
Adem Esmail, B. & Geneletti, D. (2020). An Operational Approach for Watershed Investments. In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cham: Springer Nature
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2020 (English)In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cham: Springer Nature , 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on Watershed Investments for securing water for cities. It starts with a brief account of the application of ecosystem services for decision-making and a theoretical background of boundary work. Accordingly, it proposes an operational approach developed for designing and assessing impact of watershed iInvestments to secure water for cities. The developed approach distin- guishes between a “strategic” and a “technical” component. The strategic component identifies as key inputs of the process of Watershed Investment design and assess- ment, the definition of objectives and visioning of feasible and desirable scenarios by stakeholders. The technical component applies spatially explicit modelling to design Watershed Investments, hence to model the impacts on selected ecosystem services. The chapter concludes highlighting the potential of the approach to contribute to adaptive management in the urban water sector, by addressing the challenges of linking diverse stakeholders and knowledge system across management levels and institutional boundaries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer Nature, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Geography, ISSN 2211-4165, E-ISSN 2211-4173
Keywords
adaptive, boundary work, ecosystem services, integrated urban water management, urban water management, water funds, water security
National Category
Environmental Engineering Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering; Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-273954 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-45666-5_3 (DOI)
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Part of ISBN 978-3-030-45665-8

QC 20240315

Available from: 2020-06-02 Created: 2020-06-02 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
Adem Esmail, B. & Suleiman, L. (2020). Analyzing Evidence of Sustainable Urban Water Management Systems: A Review through the Lenses of Sociotechnical Transitions. Sustainability, 12(11), 4481
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Analyzing Evidence of Sustainable Urban Water Management Systems: A Review through the Lenses of Sociotechnical Transitions
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 11, p. 4481-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability concerns and multiple socio‐environmental pressures have necessitated a shift towards Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM) systems. Viewing SUWM systems as sociotechnical, this paper departs from eight factors previously identified by transition research: Pressures, Context, Purposes, Actors, Instruments, Processes, Outputs, and Outcomes as a methodological framework for a structured review of 100 articles. The study seeks to analyze empirical cases of planning and implementing SUWM systems worldwide. A wide range of public actors—driven by social and environmental factors rather than by economic pressures—have initiated SUWM projects so as to locally fulfill defined social and environmental purposes. We provide evidence on the emergence of new actors, such as experts, users, and private developers, as well as on the diverse and innovative technical and societal instruments used to promote and implement SUWM systems. We also explore their contexts and institutional capacity to deal with pressures and to mobilize significant financial and human resources, which is in itself vital for the transition to SUWM. Planned or implemented SUWM outputs are divided into green (wet ponds, raingardens, and green roofs) and gray (rain barrels and porous pavements) measures. The outcomes of SUWM projects— in terms of societal and technical learning, and their institutional uptakes—are often implicit or lacking, which seemingly reduces the rate of desirable change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI AG, 2020
Keywords
Blue–Green Infrastructure, low‐impact development, sustainable urban drainage system, Water‐Sensitive Urban Design, Water‐Sensitive City, integrated urban water management, Sponge City, rainwater harvesting systems, planning, case study
National Category
Environmental Engineering Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-273948 (URN)10.3390/su12114481 (DOI)000543391800144 ()2-s2.0-85085934777 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
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QC 20200717

Available from: 2020-06-02 Created: 2020-06-02 Last updated: 2022-06-26Bibliographically approved
Geneletti, D., Cortinovis, C., Zardo, L. & Adem Esmail, B. (2020). Applying Ecosystem Services to Support Planning Decisions: A Case Study. In: Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal (Ed.), Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities: (pp. 43-56). Springer International Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Applying Ecosystem Services to Support Planning Decisions: A Case Study
2020 (English)In: Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities / [ed] Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal, Springer International Publishing , 2020, p. 43-56Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
National Category
Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260038 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-20024-4_5 (DOI)
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QC 20190930

Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
Geneletti, D., Cortinovis, C., Zardo, L. & Adem Esmail, B. (2020). Conclusions. In: Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal (Ed.), Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities: (pp. 67-72). Springer International Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conclusions
2020 (English)In: Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities / [ed] Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal, Springer International Publishing , 2020, p. 67-72Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
National Category
Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260039 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-20024-4_7 (DOI)
Note

QC 20190930

Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
Adem Esmail, B. & Geneletti, D. (2020). Conclusions. In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cham: Springer Nature
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2020 (English)In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cham: Springer Nature , 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter summarizes the main messages of the book, as well as dis- cusses the challenges for future research and practice to contribute to achieving water security and to implementing adaptive management in the urban water sector. Briefly, the first main message is that achieving urbanwater security through adaptive watershed planning and management, in Sub-Saharan Africa context, is a complex issue. Thus, an intuitive and flexible conceptual framework of the urban water sector from an ecosystem services perspective was proposed. It provides an overview of the main challenges and trends that characterize the sector, highlighting the specificities of the Sub-Saharan context, setting the background for further analysis. Second, if properly designed, Watershed Investments can become an important financial and governance mechanism to promote the implementation of adaptive watershed man- agement to achieve urban water security. Third, a good case study application, even if only based on desk research, can serve to inspire stakeholder and possibly prepare the ground for real-life implementation of science-informed measures to promote urban water security alongside other social goals, coordinating ongoing watershed initiatives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer Nature, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Geography, ISSN 2211-4165, E-ISSN 2211-4173
Keywords
contribute to addressing the, ecosystem services, facing many medium-sized cities, in sub-saharan africa, of urban water security, security, sub-saharan africa, the ultimate goal of, this book was to, urbanization, urgent challenges, water, watershed investments
National Category
Environmental Engineering Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering; Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-273951 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-45666-5_6 (DOI)
Note

Part of ISBN 978-3-030-45665-8

QC 20240315

Available from: 2020-06-02 Created: 2020-06-02 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
Adem Esmail, B. & Geneletti, D. (2020). Designing Watershed Investments for Asmara and the Toker Watershed. In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cham: Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing Watershed Investments for Asmara and the Toker Watershed
2020 (English)In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cham: Springer Nature , 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents an application of a novel operational approach for designing and assessing the impacts ofWatershed Investments, developed in Chap. 3, to the Asmara and Toker Watershed case study. Assuming urban water security and rural poverty alleviation as two objectives for Watershed Investments, the case study application explores all the steps ofthe proposed approach. The results ofthe applica- tion include spatially explicit data that allowquantitatively assessing the performance of differentWatershed Investment scenarios in terms of changes in a selected ecosys- tem service, answering to important planning and management questions. The appli- cation to the Asmara and Toker Watershed case study also highlights the challenges of addressing stakeholders’ concerns through relevant boundary work strategies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer Nature, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Geography, ISSN 2211-4165, E-ISSN 2211-4173
Keywords
adaptive urban water management, boundary work, ecosystem services modelling, eritrea, integrated urban water management, invest, natural capital project, resources investment optimization system, rios, soil erosion control, sun-saharan africa, water security
National Category
Environmental Engineering Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Land and Water Resources Engineering; Architecture, Urban Design; Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-273952 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-45666-5_5 (DOI)
Note

Part of ISBN 978-3-030-45665-8

QC 20240315

Available from: 2020-06-02 Created: 2020-06-02 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
Geneletti, D., Cortinovis, C., Zardo, L. & Adem Esmail, B. (2020). Developing Ecosystem Service Models for Urban Planning: A Focus on Micro-Climate Regulation. In: Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal (Ed.), Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities: (pp. 31-42). Springer International Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing Ecosystem Service Models for Urban Planning: A Focus on Micro-Climate Regulation
2020 (English)In: Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities / [ed] Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal, Springer International Publishing , 2020, p. 31-42Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
National Category
Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260040 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-20024-4_4 (DOI)
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QC 20191001

Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
Geneletti, D., Cortinovis, C., Zardo, L. & Adem Esmail, B. (2020). Introduction. In: Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal (Ed.), Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities: (pp. 1-6). Springer International Publishing
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2020 (English)In: Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities / [ed] Geneletti, Davide; Cortinovis, Chiara; Zardo, Linda; Adem Esmail, Blal, Springer International Publishing , 2020, p. 1-6Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Human life on Earth depends on ecosystems. This is the main message conveyed by the concept of ecosystem services (ES), which has gained an ever-increasing attention in the scientific (McDonough et al. 2017) and policy debate (e.g., CBD 2011; European Commission 2006, 2010) of the last two decades. The success of the term ‘ecosystem services’ is arguably due to its encompassing all “the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing” (TEEB 2010a), thus providing a comprehensive framework to describe the multiple relationships between humans and nature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
National Category
Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260041 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-20024-4_1 (DOI)
Note

QC 20191001

Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
Adem Esmail, B. & Geneletti, D. (2020). Introduction. In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cham: Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction
2020 (English)In: Ecosystem Services for Urban Water Security: Concepts and Applications in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cham: Springer Nature , 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter sets the context of the book by providing a brief account of the challenges and opportunities of urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on the urban water sector. Watershed investments are here emphasized as a promising opportunity to effect large-scale transformative change promoting human wellbeing while conserving life-supporting ecosystems. The chapter concludes by illustrating the three specific objectives of the book.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer Nature, 2020
Series
SpringerBriefs in Geography, ISSN 2211-4165, E-ISSN 2211-4173
Keywords
ecosystem services, ecosystem-based response, integrated urban water management, urbanization, water security, watershed investments
National Category
Environmental Engineering Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis; Land and Water Resources Engineering; Architecture, Urban Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-273957 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-45666-5_1 (DOI)
Note

Part of ISBN 978-3-030-45665-8

QC 20240315

Available from: 2020-06-02 Created: 2020-06-02 Last updated: 2024-03-15Bibliographically approved
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