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Assessment of ecosystem services for urban regions in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals exemplified by the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg region

  • The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the conservation and protection of nature are among the greatest challenges facing urban regions. There are few approaches so far that link the SDGs to natural diversity and related ecosystem services at the local level and track them in terms of increasing sustainable development at the local level. We want to close this gap by developing a set of indicators that capture ecosystem services in the sense of the SDGs and which are based on data that are freely available throughout Germany and Europe. Based on 10 SDGs and 35 SDG indicators, we are developing an ecosystem service and biodiversity-related indicator set for the evaluation of sustainable development in urban areas. We further show that it is possible to close many of the data gaps between SDGs and locally collected data mentioned in the literature and to translate the universal SDGs to the local level. Our example develops this set of indicators for the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg metropolitan area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, which comprises both rural and densely populated settlements. This set of indicators can also help improve communication and plan sustainable development by increasing transparency in local sustainability, implementing a visible sustainability monitoring system, and strengthening the collaboration between local stakeholders.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Johannes Klement, Jens Mutke, Maximilian Weigend, Wiltrud Terlau
Parent Title (English):Journal of Urban Ecology
Article Number:juac018
Number of pages:18
First Page:1
Last Page:18
Publisher:Oxford University Press (OUP)
Place of publication:Oxford
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2022/10/21
Copyright:© The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.
Funding:Research for this article has been partly conducted for the project ‘Lokales Assessment von Ökosystemleistungen und Biodiversität im Raum Bonn—Eine Pilotstudie des Biodiversitätsnetzwerks Bonn (BION) zur Umsetzung der Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),’ receiving funding from the German Bundesamt für Naturschutz (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation) [Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Housing, and Reactor Safety)] under grant agreement No. 3516820500.
Keyword:Sustainability; biodiversity; ecosystem services; sustainable development goals; urban development
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Projects:Lokales Assessment von Ökosystemleistungen und Biodiversität im Raum Bonn (DE/BfN/3516820500)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 577 Ökologie
Entry in this database:2022/11/04
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International