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.
URBES website: http://cbc.iclei.org/About-URBES