People, Places, Patterns: Linking Landscape Heterogeneity and Socio-Environmental Systems

People, Places, Patterns: Linking Landscape Heterogeneity and Socio-Environmental Systems

Date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Speaker: 
Sierra Woodruff
Location: 
Baltimore, MD

ND-GAIN team member, Sierra Woodruff, will present "Ecosystem services in urban land use planning: Frameworks and guidance" at the US-IALE 2017 Annual Meeting, People, Places, Patterns: Linking Landscape Heterogeneity and Socio-Environmental Systems on Wednesday, April 12, from 3:40 pm to 4:00 pm. 

Abstract: Ecosystem services are a powerful tool for land-use and environmental planning, which can help decision makers better understand the tradeoffs between different development scenarios. However, there is limited guidance about how ecosystem services should be used in the land-use and environmental planning context. While existing plan quality guidance for sustainability recognizes benefits of ecosystems by promoting conservation and green infrastructure, it fails to provide specific direction on the type of ecosystem service information to collect and how it should be incorporated into land-use planning processes. In this presentation, I will compare the extent to which different communities have incorporate ecosystem services into their plans focusing on goal setting, fact base, policies, and public participation process. The comparison suggests that incorporating ecosystem services into land-use planning may help achieve sustainability goals by elevating the importance of conservation and providing a lens to link multiple community objectives. Based on these findings, I propose a planning framework and additional metrics to help practitioners incorporate ecosystem services into land use planning.