Ecosystem Services and Planning

  • Silvia Ronchi
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


The concept of Ecosystem Services (ES) was investigated with a historical overview of the definitions, methods of classification and approaches proposed over the years, from different disciplines regarding the Services provided by Ecosystem for Human wellbeing. The concept of ES is strictly related to Land Use/Land Cover changes that affect ES provision determining a decline of the global environmental conditions and loss of biodiversity. The generalised decline requires putting in place governance systems that guarantee long-term delivery and use of ES. Hence, information on ES is fundamental to support Spatial planning processes and Strategic Environmental Assessment can be the tool used to integrate ES in Planning for Sustainable Land use management.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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