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Understanding biodiversity-ecosystem service relationships in urban areas : A comprehensive literature review

Schwarz, Nina and Moretti, Marco and Bugalho, Miguel N. and Davies, Zoe G. and Haase, Dagmar and Hack, Jochen and Hof, Angela and Melero, Yolanda and Pett, Tristan J. and Knapp, Sonja (2017):
Understanding biodiversity-ecosystem service relationships in urban areas : A comprehensive literature review.
In: Ecosystem Services, Elsevier B.V., pp. 161-171, 27, ISSN 2212-0416,
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.08.014,
[Online-Edition: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.08.014],
[Article]

Abstract

Positive relationships between biodiversity and urban ecosystem services (UES) are widely implied within both the scientific and policy literatures, along with the tacit suggestion that enhancing urban green infrastructure will automatically improve both biodiversity and UES. However, it is unclear how much published empirical evidence exists to support these assumptions. We conducted a review of studies published between 1990 and May 2017 that examined urban biodiversity ecosystem service (BES) relationships. In total, we reviewed 317 publications and found biodiversity and UES metrics mentioned 944 times. Only 228 (24%) of the 944 mentions were empirically tested. Among these, 119 (52%) demonstrated a positive BES relationship. Our review showed that taxonomic metrics were used most often as proxies for biodiversity, with very little attention given to functional biodiversity metrics. Similarly, the role of particular species, including non-natives, and specific functional traits are understudied. Finally, we found a paucity of empirical evidence underpinning urban BES relationships. As urban planners increasingly incorporate UES delivery consideration to their decision-making, researchers need to address these substantial knowledge gaps to allow potential trade-offs and synergies between biodiversity conservation and the promotion of UES to be adequately accounted for.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2017
Creators: Schwarz, Nina and Moretti, Marco and Bugalho, Miguel N. and Davies, Zoe G. and Haase, Dagmar and Hack, Jochen and Hof, Angela and Melero, Yolanda and Pett, Tristan J. and Knapp, Sonja
Title: Understanding biodiversity-ecosystem service relationships in urban areas : A comprehensive literature review
Language: English
Abstract:

Positive relationships between biodiversity and urban ecosystem services (UES) are widely implied within both the scientific and policy literatures, along with the tacit suggestion that enhancing urban green infrastructure will automatically improve both biodiversity and UES. However, it is unclear how much published empirical evidence exists to support these assumptions. We conducted a review of studies published between 1990 and May 2017 that examined urban biodiversity ecosystem service (BES) relationships. In total, we reviewed 317 publications and found biodiversity and UES metrics mentioned 944 times. Only 228 (24%) of the 944 mentions were empirically tested. Among these, 119 (52%) demonstrated a positive BES relationship. Our review showed that taxonomic metrics were used most often as proxies for biodiversity, with very little attention given to functional biodiversity metrics. Similarly, the role of particular species, including non-natives, and specific functional traits are understudied. Finally, we found a paucity of empirical evidence underpinning urban BES relationships. As urban planners increasingly incorporate UES delivery consideration to their decision-making, researchers need to address these substantial knowledge gaps to allow potential trade-offs and synergies between biodiversity conservation and the promotion of UES to be adequately accounted for.

Journal or Publication Title: Ecosystem Services
Volume: 27
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science > Ecological Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering > Engineering Hydrology and Water Management
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 11:08
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.08.014
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.08.014
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