URBES Project awarded with the Biodiversa Prize for Excellence and Impact 

Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

URBES addresses significant scientific knowledge gaps on the role of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well-being. This is of importance for building the ability of European cities to adapt to climate change and reduce their ecological footprints. URBES focuses particularly on functional diversity, urban ecosystem services, institutions, economics, and resilience science. It strives to translate cross disciplinary research insights into principles, land use scenarios, landscape designs and applications. In addition, URBES pioneers the development of the TEEB approach in an urban context. This project is innovative in integrating monetary and nonmonetary valuation techniques. It also studies the implications that these results might have on governance, and develops guidelines for implementation in urban landscapes. In 2018 this URBES Project ist awarded with the Biodiversa Prize for Excellence and Impact.

Duration: 2012-2014
Parnter: 13 (from Finland [self-financed], Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, USA [self-financed]

URBES Publications

 


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SUNRAISE – SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCE USE IN ARCTIC AND HIGH MOUNTAINOUS AREAS

SUNRAISE IS AN ERASMUS + (CAPACITY BUILDING IN HIGHER EDUCATION) PROJECT THAT PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF ARCTIC AND HIGH MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEMS IN BHUTAN, INDIA AND RUSSIA.

Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste

Duration: 2017-2020

Funding: EU (Erasmus +)

SUNRAISE is a 36 months (2017-2020) Erasmus+ project that aims to promote sustainable management of Arctic and highmountainous ecosystems in Bhutan, India and Russia (partner countries – PCs) through enhanced tertiary education linked tolabour markets and wider stakeholder circles. This aim will be achieved through the following objectives:

1. To revise and upgrade selected BSc, MSc & PhD programs in PC higher education institutions to make them end-user- oriented& policy-relevant, and enhance opportunities for life long learning (LLL) education.

2. To develop SUNRAISE open education environment Platform (SUNRAISER) and online training services of the new generation(MOOC) for qualitative improvement of the education process and academic workflow support among universities andstakeholders across the PC and EU Member States.

3. To create sustainable feedback mechanisms to end-users, ensuring adaptive and practice-relevant teaching contents,knowledge co-production opportunities and stakeholder support to post-project course development and teaching.

4. To develop capacity for academic mobility, shared experimental facilities and joint research by PIs and beyond.

Achieving of these objectives will significantly enhance the quality of educational provision in partner countries, as the expertiseof the whole consortium will become available to individual and group learners (including the students from other programs and,in particular, the learners from remote regions). PhD students will access research facilities at other partner countries throughjoint research arrangements and benefit from new methods and richer data for their thesis. Likewise, revision of researchagendas PhD studies and integrating to them emerging problems and methods will build teaching capacity at PC HEIs andmotivate business and policy actors to engage in closer cooperation. The proposed vehicles for such engagement are national(Russia) and regional (India & Bhutan) SUNRAISE sector collaborative platforms to be set-up for the Arctic and HighMountainous Areas to create a “community of practice”.

The project partners:

Russia

  • Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St.-Petersburg
  • Gorno-Altaisk State University, Gorno-Altaisk
  • Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk
  • NGO Altai-Sayan Mountain Partnership, Gorno-Altajsk

 

EU

  • University of Bremen,Germany – Projekt Koordinator
  • Salzburg University, Austria
  • Estonian Life Science University, Tartu, Estonia
  • Erda Research, Technology, Education, Rijswijk, the Netherlands (Associated Partner)
  • RZ. Research. Management. Communication, Lund, Sweden (Associated Partner)
India

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Kumaun University, Nainital
  • Central Himalayan Environment Association, Nainital

Bhutan

  • Royal University of Bhutan

 

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Siberian Federal University

SUNRAISE – Sustainable Natural Resource Usein Arctic and High Mountainous Areas 

Internationale Summer School “Monitoring and early warnings in mountain social-ecological systems”

The Summer School offers PhD/MSc students and junior researchers from universities around the world a chance to study best practices in the field of monitoring and early warnings in rapidly changing social-ecological systems of mountain regions. The school will be co-organised by SUNRAISE in July 15-29, 2018; introductory sessions will start at Siberian Federal University and Stolby Nature Reserve, theoretical and methodological training will take place on Manzherok Camp facilities in the Altai Mountains, and for the field research participants will travel to Lake Teletskoye and Katun Nature Reserve. The latest updates, including the full call for applications, detail description and the application form are available from SFU Summer Programs.  The general application deadline is April 10, 2018, however the participants affiliated to the organisations from SUNRAISE partnership have to apply by March 15, 2018 in order to benefit from the travel support  and other arrangements provided through SUNRAISE.

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Summer School in Salzburg in July 2019

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SURE SUMMER SCHOOL JULY 3-8, 2017 IN SALZBURG

The 6th Summer School, organized by the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE)and in cooperation with the Research group UrbanLandscape Ecology (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste), took place at the Natural Sciences Faculty of the University of Salzburg in 2017.

A 5-days course was held on the topic „Sustainable Development in Urban Regions“ which was consisted of a theoretical and practicalpart. In the theoretical part, international lecturers (see link below) held lectures, which gave the participants an insight into thediverse urban ecology approaches worldwide. In addition to the theoretical part of the Summer School several excursions to the cityof Salzburg and a full-day excursion to the 200,000-inhabitant city Linz (capital of the federal state of Upper Austria).

Excursion Linz

Content of the 6th SURE Summer School


2ND SURE WORLD CONFERENCE, 8-10 JULY 2016 IN SHANGHAI: „CHALLENGES FOR URBAN ECOLOGY BY RAPID URBANIZATION AND GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE“

The second Congress was a real success: Nearly 350 participants from more than 20 countries worldwide such as USA, Canada,Argentina, Colombia, UK, Germany, France, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Pakistan, China,etc. took part in the congress and six distinguished leading scientists on urban ecology and environmental science.

The congress totally received 254 abstracts, 168 oral presentations and 47 poster presentations covering wide research interests inthe field of urban ecology.

During the congress, SURE had an assemblage meeting and completed the election of the new board of executive committee member.Prof. Jürgen Breuste was elected to his second term of the SURE president.


CDZ SYMPOSIUM „NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT, RESILIENCE AND ECO-CITIES“ – IN SHANGHAI

The symposium „Nature-based Solutions for Urban Development, Resilience and Eco-Cities “ took place from 5 to 7 July 2017 inShanghai. The symposium was organized by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste in cooperation with Prof. Li, East China Normal University,and Prof. Pauleit, Technical University of Munich (TU Munich), in which Ass.-Prof. Dr. Angela Hof attended with a lecture.This was supported by the Chinese-German Center for Science Promotion (CDZ).

The main topics:

1. Benefits of nature in urban development – Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services

2. The urban resilience concept based on urban natural ecosystem responses to external disturbances (e.g. climate change)

3. The eco-city and ecocivilization concept – guidelines for sustainable urban development in Germany and China

4. Urban green-blue infrastructure – Innovative ecological planning instruments to integrate nature-based solutions into urbandevelopment strategies


INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP „URBAN BIODIVERSITY VERSUS FUNCTIONAL DESIGN IN CITIES? – THE CASE OF URBAN TREES“

From June 9 to 10, 2016, an international workshop of the IALE-D Center for Landscape Research (CeLaRe) and the Society for UrbanEcology (SURE) took place at the Department of Geography and Geology of theUniversity of Salzburg. Efficient urban trees are counted as an integral part of climate-friendly urban planning and urban development.* Die Dateien findest du bei den Studienassistenten-Dateien unter Lehre – Summer SchoolThe workshop offered 33 participants composed of 6 countries (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Romania) a forum todiscuss numerous challenges of the normative model of sustainable urban tree design. Four keynote lectures and eight lectures aswell as a poster presentation of established experts and junior researchers showed results of predominantly empirical work, whichintensively dealt with the interrelations between ecosystem services and urban tree ecophysiology in the face of climate change.Further the cultural ecosystem services of urban trees and urban ecosystems trees where discussed.


LIANG ZHAO DEFENDS DISSERTATION SUCCESSFUL (UNIVERSITY OF SALZBURG & TU DRESDEN)

After three years of research, Mr. Liang Zhao successfully defended his dissertation „Investigations on urban ecosystem servicesprovided by urban parks and interactions with dwellers in the city center of Shanghai, China“ on June the 3rd, 2016. The work wasjointly developed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Breuste and Prof. Wende (IÖR Dresden) and defended at the Faculty of Architecture of the TUDresden. This marks another milestone in joint research with the East China Normal University Shanghai on the research area „Urbanecosystem services“.

The results are supported by trainees of the TU Dresden in the degree program Spatial Development and Natural ResourcesManagement, in which Univ.-Prof. Dr. Breuste is a Lecturer in Urban Ecology and is being promoted in Shanghai with the support ofProf. Li (ECNU). It shows the great demand for ecosystem services in the densely populated cities of China as well as in Shanghai(survey results), the high degree of utilization of city parking (examinations) and the level of ecosystem services these parks provide.In cooperation with ECNU and the IÖR the work will continue on the analysis and evaluation of ecosystem services in Chinese cities.