Disservices of urban trees

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Lyytimäki Jari (2017). Disservices of urban trees. In: Ferrini Francesco, Konijnendijk van den Bosch Cecil C. & Fini Alessio (Eds.). Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry. Routledge, London and New York. Pp. 164-176. DOI: 10.4324/9781315627106.ch12

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Title: Disservices of urban trees
Author: Lyytimäki, Jari
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2017
Language: en
Belongs to series: Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry
ISBN: 9781138647282
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315627106
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/338898
Abstract: Ecosystem services provided by urban green areas have been recognised to an increasing degree following the turn of the millennium (MEA, 2003; Gómez-Baggethun and Barton, 2013). Urban trees in particular provide urban dwellers with a variety of ecosystem services (see Chapter 4 of this volume). However, urban trees are also the source of various types of harm, nuisance and costs. These ‘bad’ aspects may be labelled as ecosystem disservices. The concept of ecosystem disservice is a recent one and there is no widely agreed definition for it. On a general level, ecosystem disservices can be defined as the functions, processes and attributes generated by the ecosystem that result in perceived or actual negative impacts on human wellbeing (Shackleton et al., 2016). Both ecosystem services and disservices are inherently anthropogenic concepts, putting emphasis on the human valuation of ecosystem properties and functions. What is perceived as beautiful and beneficial by one person may be considered ugly, useless, unpleasant or unsafe by another. For example, biodiversity-rich, semi-natural areas inside city limits are often experienced as suffering from a lack of maintenance, as opposed to intensively maintained but biodiversity-poor urban parks.
Subject: ecosystem services
ecosystems (ecology)
towns and cities
sustainable development
environmental effects
urban areas
well-being
urban environment
urban ecology
valuation
urban design
parks
biodiversity
trees
green areas
Subject (ysa): puut
puut (kasvit)
ekosysteemipalvelut
ekosysteemit (ekologia)
kaupungit
kestävä kehitys
ympäristövaikutukset
kaupunkiseudut
hyvinvointi
kaupunkiympäristö
kaupunkiekologia
arvottaminen
kaupunkisuunnittelu
puistot
kaupungistuminen
biodiversiteetti


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