Implementation of the ecosystem services approach in Swedish municipal planning

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Implementation of the ecosystem services approach in Swedish municipal planning
Author Schubert, Per ; Ekelund, Nils G.A. ; Beery, Thomas H. ; Wamsler, Christine ; Jönsson, K. Ingemar ; Roth, Andreas ; Stålhammar, Sanna ; Bramryd, Torleif ; Johansson, Michael ; Palo, Thomas
Date 2018
English abstract
While ecosystem-based planning approaches are increasingly promoted through international and national policies, municipalities are still struggling with translating them into practice. Against this background, this paper aims to increase the knowledge of current advances and possible ways to support the implementation of the ecosystem services (ES) approach at the municipal level. More specifically, we analyze how ES have been integrated into comprehensive planning within the municipality of Malmö in Sweden over the last 60 years, a declared forerunner in local environmental governance. Based on a content analysis of comprehensive plans over the period 1956–2014 and interviews with municipal stakeholders, this paper demonstrates how planning has shifted over time toward a more holistic view of ES and their significance for human well-being and urban sustainability. Both explicit and implicit applications of the ES concept were found in the analyzed comprehensive plans and associated programs and projects. Our study shows how these applications reflect international, national, and local policy changes, and indicates how municipalities can gradually integrate the ES approach into comprehensive planning and facilitate the transition from implicit to more explicit knowledge use.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2017.1396206 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning;3
Volume 20
ISSN 1523-908X
Language eng (iso)
Subject comprehensive planning
ecosystem services
ecosystem service concept
green infrastructure
municipal planning
nature-based solutions
urban planning
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23758 Permalink to this page
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