Estonina University of Life Sciences is opening a PhD position 'Ecosystem disservices in cultural landscapes: evaluation, monitoring and integration to spatial planning'. It is aiming to explore ecosystem diservices in urban environments, including in the locations of the URGENT project.
The consultation workshop (National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, 14 December 2022) aims at forming an effective national Stakeholder Interactive Platform (SIP) bringing different stakeholders for developing understanding, awareness and shared agendas. This workshop is designed to stimulate a healthy dialogue on the relevance of the approach for mainstreaming climate actions to ensure qualitative improvement of the education process & academic workflow support among universities & stakeholders across the partner countries.
The Special Issue ""Frontiers in Ecosystem Services: Planning the Changing Urban Landscapes" (editors, Viviana Pappalardo, Daniele La Rosa, University of Catania, Italy) aims to cover the latest frontiers in managing ecosystem services to support real-life decision-making processes at the levels of spatial planning, urban policymaking, and urban landscape design, in light of current challenges faced by cities worldwide. We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit original research articles, case studies, and critical essays on topics including, but not limited to, the following: New interdisciplinary and integrated analytical tools, spatially explicit methods, experimental and modeling approaches to investigate and address questions involving both ecosystem services and human well-being in urban areas; Green infrastructure planning “value” and its impact on health, social, economic, and environmental outcomes, including new framework and methods for monitoring the implementation of planning and policy tools at a local scale; Heuristic perspectives toward cross-boundary approaches and scaling of environmental problems and policies with a focus on urban landscapes; Advanced use of indicators of urban landscape sustainability policymaking to overcome limitations of comparative research and support field-based study, incorporating knowledge of the variability, thresholds, drivers, and cross-scale linkages of ecosystems’ functions and services relevant to the well-being of urban dwellers; Planning regimes’ strengths and weaknesses to realize opportunities in urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services in developing countries; Rethinking ecosystem services and trade-off for shrinking urban landscapes; Collaboration and policy co-production with communities in the use of spatial planning tools and urban design practice to promote sustainable neighborhoods; New frontiers in managing ecosystem services to increase urban climate and pandemic resilience according to different geographical and social contexts; The complete call is available at: Sustainability | Special Issue : Frontiers in Ecosystem Services: Planning the Changing Urban Landscapes (mdpi.
We have finished the development of the URGENT URBAN-learn collaborative learning platform that is fully available now in the user mode. The platform is the first stop for accessing URGENT curriculum deliverables and for sharing them between project partners.
Dr. Daniele La Rosa (University of Catania) participated at the Seminar “Urban Climate and Environment” organized by the Polytechnic University Santa Maria (Chile) the last 26th of August with a invited talk on “Green Infrastructure for urban cooling: high-resolution scenarios based on urban morphology and environmental predictor model”.