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Jan Henrik Nilsson.

Jan-Henrik Nilsson

Universitetslektor, docent

Jan Henrik Nilsson.

Adaptation and Ecosystem Services in Urban Parks, examples from Berlin

Klimatanpassning och ekosystemtjänster i urbana parker, exempel från Berlin


  • Jan-Henrik Nilsson

Summary, in English

Urban tourism depends on the place specific qualities of destinations. In many cities, climate change poses a threat to these qualities, through increasing risk of excessive heat, draught and flooding. Cities need to adapt to reduce these risks. One way of doing this is to improve their green infrastructure. Urban forests, parks, rivers and wetlands may help reduce the effects of climate change in cities.
At the same time, green infrastructure provide a variety of ecosystem services to the community. In particular, cultural ecosystem services such as recreation, and esthetical values take place in urban green infrastructure; they provide value in the form of improved experiences. These mainly benefit the locals but they may also be important for tourism. Such relations between ecosystem services and tourism have in earlier literature been recognized in rural contexts but very seldom in urban.
This paper reports preliminary findings from qualitative case studies in Berlin, Germany. They focus on how urban planning projects can be extended to develop areas where cultural and experience values for both residents and visitors are created alongside other kinds of ecosystem services.
It is suggested that the need for climate change adaptation in a city may be used as a means to improve its place specific qualities as a tourist destination. By developing green infrastructure in innovative and environmentally friendly ways, the quality of ecosystem services improves, including those relevant for both visitors and residents. Protecting and building green infrastructure, thereby enhancing a city´s visible qualities and its reputation as a sustainable destination, may also be valuable in marketing the city.


  • Institutionen för tjänstevetenskap






Konferensbidrag: abstract


  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
  • Environmental Management


  • tourism geography
  • ecosystem services
  • sustainable tourism

Conference name

ATLAS SIG meeting urban tourism

Conference date

2022-06-08 - 2022-06-09

Conference place

Helsingborg, Sweden