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Recreational ecosystem services in European cities: Sociocultural and geographical contexts matter for park use
Fischer, L.K. ; Honold, J. ; Botzat, A. ; Brinkmeyer, D. ; Cvejic, R. ; Delshammar, T. ; Elands, B.H.M. ; Haase, D. ; Kabisch, Nadja ; Karle, S.J. - \ 2018
Ecosystem Services 31 (2018). - ISSN 2212-0416 - p. 455 - 467.
The role of urban parks in delivering cultural ecosystem services related to outdoor recreation is widely acknowledged. Yet, the question remains as to whether the recreational opportunities of parks meet the demands of increasingly multicultural societies and whether recreational patterns vary at spatial scales. In a pan-European survey, we assessed how people use urban parks (in five cities, N = 3814) and how recreational patterns relate to respondents’ sociocultural and geographical contexts (using 19 explanatory
variables). Our results show that across Europe (i) respondents share a general pattern in their recreational activities with a prevalence for the physical uses of parks, especially taking a walk; (ii) the geographic context matters, demonstrating a high variety of uses across the cities; and that (iii) the sociocultural context is also important; e.g., the occupation and biodiversity valuations of respondents are significantly associated with the uses performed. The sociocultural context matters particularly for physical park uses and is associated to a lesser extent with nature-related uses. Given that our results attest to a high variety of park uses between sociocultural groups and the geographical context, we conclude that it is important to consider the specific backgrounds of people to enhance recreational ecosystem services in
greenspace development.
Cultivating nature-based solutions : The governance of communal urban gardens in the European Union
Jagt, Alexander van der; Száraz, Luca ; Delshammar, Tim ; Cvejić, R. ; Santos, Artur ; Goodness, Julie ; Buijs, A.E. - \ 2017
Environmental Research 159 (2017). - ISSN 0013-9351 - p. 264 - 275.
In many countries in the European Union (EU), the popularity of communal urban gardening (CUG) on allotments and community gardens is on the rise. Given the role of this practice in increasing urban resilience, most notably social resilience, municipalities in the Global North are promoting CUG as a nature-based solution (NbS). However, the mechanisms by which institutional actors can best support and facilitate CUG are understudied, which could create a gap between aspiration and reality. The aim of this study is therefore to identify what governance arrangements contribute to CUG delivering social resilience. Through the EU GREEN SURGE project, we studied six CUG initiatives from five EU-countries, representing different planning regimes and traditions. We selected cases taking a locally unique or innovative approach to dealing with urban challenges. A variety of actors associated with each of the cases were interviewed to achieve as complete a picture as possible regarding important governance arrangements. A cross-case comparison revealed a range of success factors, varying from
clearly formulated objectives and regulations, municipal support, financial resources and social capital through to the availability of local food champions and facilitators engaging in community building. Municipalities can support CUG initiatives by moving beyond a rigid focus on top-down control, while involved citizens can increase the impact of CUG by pursuing political, in addition to hands-on, activities. We conclude that CUG has clear potential to act as a nature-based solution if managed with sensitivity to local dynamics and context.
Advances urban green infrastructure planning and implementation : innovative approaches and strategies from European cities
Hansen, R. ; Rolf, W. ; Rall, E. ; Pauleit, S. ; Erlwein, S. ; Fohlmeister, S. ; Santos, A. ; Luz, A.C. ; Branquinho, C. ; Santos-Reis, M. ; Gerőházi, E. ; Száraz, L. ; Tosics, I. ; Davies, C. ; DeBellis, Y. ; Lafortezza, R. ; Vierikko, K. ; Jagt, A. van der; Cvejić, R. ; Zeleznikar, S. ; Nastran, M. ; Pintar, M. ; Hjorth Caspersen, O. ; Olafsson, A.S. ; Gentin, S. ; Kronenberg, J. ; Delshammar, T. ; Mattijssen, T.J.M. ; Otten, R. - \ 2016
University of Copenhagen (Greensurge ) - 204 p.
Assessment framework for urban green space governance arrangment milestone 40. : Innovative governance of urban green spaces and biocutural diversity
Buijs, A.E. ; Mattijssen, T.J.M. ; Elands, B.H.M. ; Ambrose-Oji, Bianca ; Jagt, Alesander van der; Delshammar, Tim ; Santos, Arthur ; Fors, Hanna ; Gerohazi, Eva ; Tosic, Ivan ; Vierikko, Kati ; Hansen, Rieke ; Nastran, Mojca - \ 2015
EU (Project Green Surge MS40 EU FP7) - 38 p.
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