REP-NBS – (re)Planning Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Transformations (2021-2025)

Project PI: Ulla Mörtberg, KTH Stockholm, Sweden; Work Package Lead: Blal Adem Esmail, RUB

REP-NBS aims to understand and facilitate the interplay of processes, actors, and tools across planning tiers to support Swedish spatial planning in integrating Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure to achieve human wellbeing while conserving life-supporting ecosystems with a focus on metropolitan regions. REP-NBS consists of a consortium of the Royal Institute of Technology (lead, Sweden), Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany), and University of Trento (Italy). REP-NBS is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS).

PlanSmart – Planning and Governing Nature-based Solutions

PlanSmart is a research group exploring innovative approaches for addressing water-borne challenges through planning and implementing nature-based solutions in river basins and urban regions. PlanSmart advances knowledge through a transdisciplinary process to assessing, developing, and implementing nature-based solutions with novel methods, tools and technologies.

Prior Projects

RESI – River Ecosystem Services Index – Lahn (2015-2018, at Leibniz University Hannover)

Information on ecosystem services can substantially improve the performance of restoration measures in rivers and floodplains supporting water resource management and nature conservation.

RESI aims to quantify the ecosystem services in river landscapes. The RESI Lahn project applies the RESI method to assess and evaluate the current state of ecosystem services provision of the river and its floodplain.


Uncertainty - Assessing and Communicating Uncertainties for Decision-Support in Landscape Planning (2014-2017, at Leibniz University Hannover)

PI: Prof. C. von Haaren, Co-PI: C. Albert

The objective of this project was  to enhance scientific understanding about approaches for appropriately addressing uncertainties in landscape and spatial planning. A framework and methods for uncertainty assessment in planning will be developed and tested in a real-world case study. The level of uncertainties inherent in results of landscape planning are compared with the results of spatial simulation and modeling. Finally, principles for uncertainty management in planning are deducted.


Costs – Applying valuatoin studies in the generation of general cost estimates for ecosystem services (2015-2016, at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)

PI: H. Wittmer, Co-Pi: C. Albert and others

The project delivered a comprehensive review of existing economic valuations of land-use change and management impacts on ecosystem services in Germany as input for defining standard cost estimates. The project was funded as part of the Methodenkonvention 3.0 project consortium.

Funding: German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)

Valuing Cultural Ecosystem Services in Germany (2013-2017, at Leibniz University Hannover)

PI: C. von Haaren, Co-PI: C. Albert

The aim of this project was to develop and apply indicators for the nationwide mapping and assessment of Cultural Ecosystem Services for recreation, especially for leisure and weekend recreation. The method ought to be based on physical parameters that can quantify the natural conditions and capacities for the provision of cultural ecosystem services and that can be integrated in a monitoring system.

Funding: German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Naturkapital Deutschland – TEEB-DE – Ecosystem services in rural regions Coordination of a study on ecosystem services in rural areas (2013-2016, at Leibniz University Hannover)

Co-Editors: C. von Haaren and C. Albert

This project aimed at producing a report on the best available knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services in rural areas in Germany, as part of the national follow-up study of TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

Funding: German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU)

Scoping study: Scoping study for a national ecosystem assessment in Germany (2012-2014, at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)

PI: C. Görg; Coordination: C. Albert

The project produced a scoping study report, outlining options for implementing a national ecosystem assessment in Germany

Funding: Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

SmartSpatial – Potenzialanalysen und Umweltaspekte bei der Entwicklung intelligenter Stromnetze (2012-2015, at Leibniz University Hannover)

PI: C. von Haaren; Co-PI: C. Albert

The aims of SmartSpatial were to assess spatial potentials for generating renewable energies and to assess the impacts of scenarios for renewable energy expansions. SmartSpatial was a sub-project of the SmartNord project consortium.

Funding: Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (Nds. MWK)

Quantify – Quantifying ecosystem services for decision-support in landscape planning (2012-2014, at Leibniz University Hannover)

PI: C. Albert

This project investigated options for quantifying ecosystem services in landscape planning, and evaluated the impacts of such information in decision-making.

Funding: Leibniz University Hannover