Blal Adem Esmail

Blal Adem Esmail
Ruhr-Universität Bochum | RUB · Institute of Geography

PhD
Postdoc in Environmental Analysis and Planning in Metropolitan Region at Institute of Geography, Ruhr University Bochum

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Introduction
Blal Adem Esmail is a Postdoc in Environmental Analysis & Planning in Metropolitan Regions. His research focuses on planning NBS and green infrastructure for sustainable urban transformations. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering on "Ecosystem services for watershed management and planning" and an MSc in civil engineering from the University of Trento, Italy. He held postdoctoral positions at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and the PLANES Lab of the University of Trento.
Additional affiliations
April 2019 - August 2020
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Position
  • Researcher
June 2016 - May 2020
Università degli Studi di Trento
Position
  • PostDoc Position
May 2014 - August 2014
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Position
  • Researcher
Education
January 2013 - April 2016
Università degli Studi di Trento
Field of study
  • Environmental Engineering
September 2005 - July 2009
Università degli Studi di Trento
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering

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Publications (29)
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Watershed investments, whose main aim is to secure water for cities, represent a promising opportunity for large-scale sustainability transitions in the near future. If properly designed, they promote activities in thewater- shed that enhance ecosystem serviceswhile protecting nature and biodiversity, aswell as achieving other soci- etal goals. In...
Book
The book addresses the challenges of urban water security and adaptive management in Sub-Saharan Africa, exploring and interlinking novel concepts of ecosystems services, watershed investments, and boundary work. Specifically, the book’s goals are to (i) present a conceptual framework for the urban water sector from an ecosystem services perspectiv...
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Nature-based solutions (NBS) represent the most recent of several "greening" concepts proposed to support spatial planning and decision-making towards sustainable metropolitan regions. Despite similarities, the concepts stem from different disciplines and policy arenas and reflect various models of people-nature relations. This paper aims to analyz...
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Ecosystems provide a range of services, including water purification, erosion prevention, and flood risk mitigation, that are important to water resource managers. But as a sector, water resources management has been slow to incorporate ecosystem protection and restoration, for a variety of reasons, although related concepts such as nature-based so...
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This paper analyses and compares a set of case studies on ecosystem services (ES) mapping and assessment with the purpose of formulating lessons learned and recommendations. Fourteen case studies were selected during the EU Horizon 2020 “Coordination and Support Action” ESMERALDA to represent different policy- and decision-making processes througho...
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Sustainability concerns and multiple socio-environmental pressures have necessitated a shift towards Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM) systems. Viewing SUWM systems as sociotechnical, this paper departs from eight factors previously identified by transition research: Pressures, Context, Purposes, Actors, Instruments, Processes, Outputs, and...
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This chapter provides an overview of the urban water sector, including both infrastructures and institutions, from an ecosystem services perspective. Hence, it proposes a conceptual framework intended to highlights the role of urban water sector in (i) linking ecosystem services supply and benefitting areas, (ii) bridging spatial scales ranging fro...
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This chapter presents a case study of urban water sector selected to apply a novel approach for designing and assessing impacts of Watershed Investments and more generally to explore the challenges of urban water security in a Sub-Saharan Africa context characterized by limited resources. The case is about the city of Asmara—the city capital of Eri...
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This chapter presents an application of a novel operational approach for designing and assessing the impacts of Watershed Investments, developed in Chap. 3, to the Asmara and Toker Watershed case study. Assuming urban water security and rural poverty alleviation as two objectives for Watershed Investments, the case study application explores all th...
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Agricultural areas provide non-commodity outputs besides food and fiber that can contribute to sustainability. Balancing the interest of farmers and the benefits for the society is a key challenge. Assessing the potential benefits for biodiversity and understanding spatial and temporal trade-offs among multiple ecosystem services (ES) from agricult...
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This chapter analyzes to what extent ecosystem services are currently included in urban plans. The objective is to understand what ecosystem service information is already used, and what is still needed to improve planning decisions. We developed a methodology to review the content of planning documents irrespective of the terminology adopted to re...
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What are the most common EbA measures found in urban climate adaptation plans? To what climate change impact do they aim to respond?
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This chapter presents an application of ecosystem service assessments to support urban planning decisions. The case study concerns the regeneration of brownfields in the city of Trento (Italy). Potential re-greening interventions are prioritized according to their expected consequences on two illustrative, though relevant ecosystem services for the...
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Ecosystem services analysis has a great potential to support the inclusion of equity considerations in planning practice. This chapter discusses criteria for addressing equity in urban planning through ecosystem service assessments, by exploring issues associated to: (i) the supply of ecosystem services and its spatial distribution, (ii) the access...
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This chapter presents an approach for estimating the cooling capacity provided by urban green infrastructures tailored to support urban planning. The method is based on the review of the literature to identify the functions of green infrastructures that are involved in providing cooling, and the components that determine those functions. The inform...
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The necessity to move towards sustainable urban water systems and management practices is widely recognized. Conventional urban water systems and, particularly, piped rainwater drainage systems are exposed to a plethora of socio-environmental pressures. Whereas alternative system solutions are challenging the dominant view of water engineering, off...
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This open access book presents current knowledge about ecosystem services (ES) in urban planning, and discusses various urban ES topics such as spatial distribution of urban ecosystems, population distribution, and physical infrastructure properties. The book addresses all these issues by: i) investigating to what extent ecosystem services are curr...
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Context Several case studies investigated the role of ecosystem services in participatory planning processes. However, no systematic study exists that cuts across a large number of empirical cases to identify the implications of using ecosystem services in participatory planning. Objectives This study explores the potential of the ecosystem servic...
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The European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action ESMERALDA aimed at developing guidance and a flexible methodology for Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) to support the EU member states in the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy’s Target 2 Action 5. ESMERALDA’s key tasks included network cr...
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A key task in the ESMERALDA project dealt with identifying appropriate case studies to test the 'flexible methodology' in its different stages of development. Case studies consist of working examples in which mapping and assessment of ecosystem services were applied to address specific decision-making problems. Testing is understood as an iterative...
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1. Decision‐making is a complex process that typically includes a series of stages: identifying the issue, considering possible options, making judgements and then making a decision by combining information and values. The current status quo relies heavily on the informational aspect of decision‐making with little or no emphasis on the value positi...
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Full citation: Borges, Paulo A.V., Picanço, A., Gil, A., Viinikka, A., Pitkanen, K., Adem Esmail, B., Geneletti, D., (2018). Case Study Booklet: BALA - BIODIVERSITY OF ARTHROPODS FROM THE LAURISILVA OF AZORES, PORTUGAL prepared for “WS 5 - Testing the methods across biomes and regions” Madrid, Spain, 04-07 April 2017. ESMERALDA EC H2020 Grant Agree...
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1. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) is a method to support decision-making, by exploring the balance between the pros and cons of different alternatives to accomplish a specific goal. It assists in framing decision problems, illustrating the performance of alternatives across criteria, exploring trade-offs, formulating a decision and testing...
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1. Decision-making is a complex process that typically includes a series of stages: identifying the issue, considering possible options, making judgements and then making a decision by combining information and values. The current status quo relies heavily on the informational aspect of decision-making with little or no emphasis on the value positi...
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The ability of agricultural areas to produce non-commodity outputs in addition to food and fiber, i.e. multifunctionality, is increasingly at the core of policies promoting sustainability. Assessing the potential benefits for biodiversity and understanding tradeoffs among multiple ecosystem services (ES) from agricultural areas remain key challenge...
Conference Paper
Rural-to-urban migration and sustained natural population growth in Africa, if not properly addressed, will pose a serious threat to ecosystems and human well-being, both locally and afar. Novel concepts and operative approaches are urgently needed to better frame these challenges and support local decision-making processes, to promote sustainable...

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Projects (8)
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To understand and facilitate the interplay of processes, actors, and tools across planning tiers to support Swedish spatial planning in integrating Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and Green Infrastructure (GI) to achieve human wellbeing while conserving life-supporting ecosystems in urban regions. Fundamental components of the sustainability transition, NBS and GI are yet to be effectively integrated in real-life planning in Sweden. This requires good coordination across planning levels, smart use of digital NBS-GI tools, and processes of knowledge co-creation and co-production. The overall aim of the REPLAN project is to coproduce new and essential knowledge of how local and regional planning practices can contribute to the protection of urban green areas and their ecosystem services by exploring new trajectories for spatial planning processes. We analyze related digital tools and test them in spatial scenarios addressing urgent challenges formulated by stakeholders. We organize Capacity Tracks for integration of NBS-GI in planning as well as of digital NBS-GI tools, laying the foundation for a Capacity Platform for co-learning and co-creation of solutions. Thus, REPLAN will create credible and salient solutions to how local and regional planning processes can be organized and designed to effectively make use of NBS and GI to shape thriving residential and public environments and to combat biodiversity challenges by ensuring sustainable land and water use.
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Examine the opportunities and challenges regarding planning for the up-scaling and expansion of rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems as socio-technical devices in order to enhance sustainable water management in European urban areas. Specific Objectives: 1) Conduct a strategic review of empirical cases of transitions towards up-scaling and mainstreaming RWH systems in Europe, with a focus on the role of planning (urban planning, water management planning, infrastructure planning) 2) Identify the key multi-dimensional constraints, drivers, factors, and thresholds for evaluating the sustainability of urban RWH 3) Produce a state-of-the-art study of the current position and prospects of planning and implementation of up-scaled/extended urban RWH in Europe https://www.urbanrain.se/
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The aim of this project is to highlight the advances and challenges in incorporating the Ecosystem Services paradigm — linking ecosystems to human benefits —into Water Resource Management, by selecting multi- and interdisciplinary efforts to measure, plan for, incentivize, and implement projects to enhance water-related ES in basins around the world. This is part of an ongoing Special Issue in Environmental Management (Springer), proposed by the lead team of the ESP Sectoral Working Group 5 on ES in Water Management (SWG 5).