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Report, 2015

Ecosystem Services in Municipal Spatial Planning

Delshammar, Tim


The Swedish government decided in 2012 that the importance of biodiversity and the value of ecosystem services should be integrated in planning and other deci-sion processes latest in 2018. However, it is not self-evident how to implement the importance of biodiversity and the value of ecosystem services in spatial planning practice. The aim of this report is to explore how far Swedish municipalities have progressed regarding the integration of ecosystem services in urban spatial plan-ning and what can be learnt from the efforts so far. The data for this progress re-port was gathered by means of a telephone survey. The results show that the inte-gration of ecosystem services is in an early stage in Swedish planning practice. However, the lack of practical experiences makes many planners hesitant to get started. The overall picture is that most planners seem to regard it as a technical issue that can be solved by experts and assessment/ planning tools. For future spa-tial planning practice it is recommended that value of ecosystem services should be negotiated instead of assessed by experts.


ecosystem services; spatial planning; Sweden

Published in

Landskapsarkitektur, trädgård, växtproduktionsvetenskap: rapportserie
2015, number: 2015:23
ISBN: 978-91-576-8913-9
Publisher: Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Authors' information

Delshammar, Tim
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Associated SLU-program

Future Urban Sustainable Environment (FUSE) (until Jan 2017)

UKÄ Subject classification

Landscape Architecture

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