Davide Geneletti

Davide Geneletti
Università degli Studi di Trento | UNITN · Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering

PhD
Nature-based solutions - Ecosystem services - Urban Planning- Environmental assessment

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Introduction
I do research in the broad area of sustainability science. I’m particularly interested in spatial planning; ecosystem services; impact assessment (e.g., EIA, SEA, sustainability assessment); multicriteria analysis and environmental decisions. Other recent interests include urban responses to climate change; ecosystem-based adaptation strategies; and equity in land use planning.
Additional affiliations
August 2015 - August 2015
Finnish Environment Institute
Position
  • External Researcher
September 2014 - August 2016
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
June 2014 - August 2014
Stanford University
Position
  • Visiting Scientist

Publications

Publications (297)
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Performance-based planning is advocated as a promising alternative to more common prescriptive approaches (e.g., traditional zoning), to manage the complexity of current urban development in a flexible and effective way. The aim of this paper is to develop and test an innovative performance-based planning approach built around the assessment of eco...
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Urban planning is the most relevant decision-making process affecting urban regulating ecosystem services. However, a clear understanding of the effects of planning decisions on both the supply and demand of urban regulating ecosystem services is still lacking. To support planners in enhancing urban regulating ecosystem services, there is a need to...
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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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Managing stormwater is a major concern in cities characterized by high risk of floods and water pollution. Nature-based solutions (NbS) have emerged as a valuable alternative for managing stormwater through the provision of runoff mitigation, stormwater treatment, and other ecosystem services (ES). The development of these solutions in urban areas...
Conference Paper
In view of the ongoing pandemic crisis the socio-economic and environmental inequalities within cities have increased. Among others, the presence of high-quality green spaces and elements has become a more pressing need, exacerbating existing inequalities. The knowledge of urban ecosystem conditions can support different types of policy questions w...
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This paper analyses the occurrence of governance innovations for forest ecosystem service (FES) provision in the forestry sector in Europe and the factors that influence innovation development. Based on a European-wide online survey, public and private forest owners and managers representing different property sizes indicate what type of governance...
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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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Forests are key components of European multifunctional landscapes and supply numerous forest ecosystem services (FES) fundamental to human well-being. The sustainable provision of FES has the potential to provide responses to major societal challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, or rural development. To identify suitable strategies...
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This study analyzed the interactions among a set of ecosystem services (ES) and derived ES bundles in the Headwaters of Coal River West Virginia (WV), in the Central Appalachians, an area historically characterized by surface mining and coal extraction. ES were modeled using the InVEST system, while a custom model was used to link water quality to...
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During the COVID-19 emergency, cities around the world introduced measures to guarantee physical distancing that restricted access to urban parks and green areas, with potentially negative effects on citizens’ health and wellbeing. This study aims at providing insights to manage access to urban green space in physical distancing times, when the ris...
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This study investigates how land use and climate changes affect water yield ecosystem service (ES) in the Sirvan River basin, located in Iran’s Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces. By detecting land-use and climatic parameter changes in the past, their future evolution were modeled by scenario making. For this purpose, we developed two land-use scen...
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Water resources modeling can provide valuable information to planners. In this respect, water yield is an ecosystem service with significant roles in the sustainability of societies and ecosystems. The present study aimed to model the supply and demand of water resources and identify their scarcity and stress in the Sirvan river basin. For this pur...
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Forests are increasingly recognized for their role, importance and multifunctionality in terms of provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services they provide. Even if timber production remains the most economically valuable provisioning service in Primiero, the importance of and need for multifunctionality of forests is acknowledged. This...
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This article presents teaching and learning material from three strategically designed ReNature Horizon 2020 project training activities. A total of twelve presentations covering different aspects of NbS implementation are presented with this article. Additionally, this article also includes materials produced by learners, throughout their work wit...
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While ecosystem service (ES) assessments become a more and more important source of knowledge, there is a need for synthesis approaches that make the results usable to support decisions. Effective synthesis approaches can reduce the information burden produced by multiple ES assessments and help decision-makers to compare alternative options and to...
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La capacità adattativa ai cambiamenti climatici implica la capacità di modificare sistemi ecologici, sociali o economici per ridurre i potenziali danni o aumentare i benefici. Il contributo mostra una procedura sperimentale che, in accordo con le linee guida della Strategia Nazionale di Adattamento ai Cambiamenti Climatici, integra aspetti di gover...
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As recognized by the Paris Climate Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), local and subnational regions are crucial actors to achieve international mitigation and adaptation commitments. Scientific literature and empirical evidence point at multi-level climate governance as a crucial factor to engage subnat...
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Nature based solutions (NbS) have the potential to build climate resilience and tackle key societal challenges while also providing multiple co-benefits to biodiversity and human well-being. The demand for nature-based innovation is strongly felt in Malta – a small island state, with the highest population density in the European Union. Learning an...
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In Europe, regions in the Mediterranean area share common characteristics in terms of high sensitivity to climate change impacts. Does this translate into specificities regarding climate action that could arise from these Mediterranean characteristics? This paper sheds light on regional and local climate mitigation actions of the Mediterranean Euro...
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The deployment of nature-based solutions in cities (through the creation of new green spaces) is promoted as a sustainable approach that support the stormwater management in dealing with the effects of climate change and increasing urbanization, while providing additional social, economic, and environmental benefits. These solutions operate many di...
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The integration of ecosystem service (ES) knowledge into decision-making processes is increasingly endorsed by various policies and initiatives, with spatial planning targeted as one of the most relevant fields. Learning and feeding back from existing experiences is therefore a fundamental step to ensure appropriate and useful support by ES science...
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Mediterranean islands face significant environmental challenges due to their high population density, reliance on imports, and water scarcity, exacerbated by increasing risks from climate change. Nature-based solutions (NbS) could address these challenges sustainably and with multiple benefits, but their uptake in policy and planning is limited, an...
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Nature-based Solutions (NBS) are increasingly promoted to support sustainable and resilient urban planning. However, design and planning urban NBS targeted at the needs of the local context require knowledge about the causal relationships between NBS, ecosystem services (ES) and urban challenges (UC) This paper aims at contributing to this knowledg...
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Background Land use and land cover changes in urbanized watersheds of developing countries like Ethiopia are underpinned by the complex interaction of different actors, driving forces, and the land itself. Land conversion due to residential development, economic growth, and transportation is identified as the most serious environmental pressure on...
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Cities across the globe recognise their role in climate mitigation and are acting to reduce carbon emissions. Knowing whether cities set ambitious climate and energy targets is critical for determining their contribution towards the global 1.5 °C target, partly because it helps to identify areas where further action is necessary. This paper present...
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This chapter presents the mapping of ecosystem service hotspots in the city of Trento, in the Italian Alps, and discusses the possible uses of the results to support the drawing of the new Urban Plan. Hotspots are defined as areas characterized by high levels of provision of multiple services. Particularly, the following ecosystem services were sel...
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In Padova, the municipal department of green infrastructure monitors the urban forest through a continuously updated database that stores information about locations, species, dimensions, health conditions, and management of more than 47,000 trees. The aim of the research presented in this chapter was to support urban forest planning and management...
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Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) can support decision-makers in constructing more sustainable plans, programs, and policies (PPPs). To be more coherent with new frontiers of sustainable cities, PPPs need to include conservation objectives and to increase ecosystem service (ES) strategies. The ES concept is not intrinsic to the SEA process;...
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There has been a strong quest for mapping and assessing ecosystem services (ES) to support governance. Yet, the institutional landscape that governs ES provision across multiple contexts has received less attention. We fill this research gap by developing and operationalising a framework for the analysis of policy documents that address European fo...
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Forests cover about 40 % of the European Union (EU), providing a wide spectrum of invaluable ecosystem services to more than half a billion people. In order to protect and harness this crucial asset, EU policies are advancing multifunctional management. This study lays a basis for such an effort by mapping the supply of key forest ecosystem service...
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Nature-based solutions (NbS) have the potential to build climate resilience and tackle key societal challenges while also providing multiple co-benefits to biodiversity and human well-being. The demand for nature-based innovation is strongly felt in Malta – a small island state, with the highest population density in the European Union. Against thi...
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Background: Land use/land cover change in urban watersheds of developing countries like Ethiopia is claimed to be a consequence of complex interaction of different actors, driving forces, and land itself. It is asserted to result in the degradation of natural vegetation and significant increases in impervious surfaces. The purpose of the study was...
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The ReNature nature-based solutions compendium (http://renature-project.eu/ compendium) is an open-source collection, which contains data on nature-based solutions in Malta. Initiallycollecting information only aboutMalta, the compendium is growing to include submissions from across the whole Mediterranean region. The development of an open-source...
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The transition to a low carbon future is an emerging challenge and requires the planning and designing of sustainable energy landscapes - landscapes that provide renewable energy while safeguarding the supply of other ecosystem services. The aim of this paper is to present the application of an ecosystem services trade-off assessment in the develop...
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Nature-based solutions (NBS) is a term often used to refer to adequate green infrastructure that provides multiple benefits to society whilst addressing societal challenges. They are defined as actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneousl...
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The need and interest to consider cognitive and motivational biases has been recognized in different disciplines (e.g. economics, decision theory, risk analysis) and has recently reached environmental decision-making. Within this domain, the intrinsic presence of a spatial dimension of both alternatives and criteria calls for the use of maps throug...
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Forests cover about 40 % of the European Union (EU), providing a wide spectrum of invaluable ecosystem services to more than half a billion people. In order to protect and harness this crucial asset, EU policies are advancing multifunctional management. This study lays a basis for such an effort by mapping the supply of key forest ecosystem service...
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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...
Technical Report
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The Ecosystem Services Valuation Database (ESVD) is a follow-up to the “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) database which contained over 1,300 data points from 267 case studies on monetary values of ecosystem services across all biomes. The TEEB database had not been updated since 2010 and naturally many gaps exist across biomes,...
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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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This report presents the current state of the art of ecosystem services research in the EU Overseas, with focus on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES), in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy Taget 2, Action 5. Data collection took place through a scientific literature review (published in Sieber et al., 2018) and a co...
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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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Systems (GIS)-based multicriteria perspective in Ambo town and its watershed and proposes strategic measures for sustainable flooding disaster risk management in urban watershed. Land use/land cover, elevation, slope, drainage density, soil, and rainfall were considered as important flooding hazard factors. Analysis of flooding risk was undertaken...
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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...