Ecosystem services, part 2: transferring knowledge into useful action and policy


URBIS Dialogue 7: Ecosystem services, part 2: transferring knowledge into useful action and policy

Key controversies in this area are:

  • Top down policy- ecosystems are of global concern although we are dealing with the City condition. This however also means we are concerned with the surrounding ecosystem of the city. How do we approach this?
  • National policy- securing, enhancing and creation of valuable ecosystems that are valued for the services they provide and become national heritage. How can we quantify all these services in monetary terms?
  • How cities can build capabilities to develop nature-based solutions?
  • City policy- ensuring that the resources available are transferred into guidance that planning officers and professionals must fully comply with- they must also be enthused by.  Should ecosystem training courses be mandatory for all built environment professionals both academically and in the existing professional world?


Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira Visiting Scholar MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program

Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira is currently MIT-UTM Visiting Scholar. He is also associated as visiting researcher at the United Nations University (UNU-IIGH) and visiting research professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV-EBAPE) and Federal university of Rio de Janeiro (COPPEAD-UFRJ). His work is multi and interdisciplinary involving applied social sciences and their links with the natural and health sciences and engineering. His academic expertise cuts across different fields including urban studies, planning, environmental policy, development studies, business and society and public administration. His research and policy interests concentrate broadly in the area of political economy of sustainable development. He is particularly interested in patterns of governance, institution building and policy implementation at different levels, looking at how global institutions are interlinked to local governance and action, and vice-versa. He has carried out policy-oriented empirical research, undertaking quantitative and qualitative analyses of governance involving diverse groups of actors (e.g., different levels of governments, international organisations, NGOs, SMEs, industries), economic sectors, regions of the world and scales (e.g., international, national and local). His experience comprises research and policy work in more than 20 countries in all continents. He held positions of Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Director of UNU-IAS in Japan between 2009 and 2015 where he coordinated the Sustainable Urban Futures research program and the Master of Science in Environmental Governance with specialization in Biodiversity. Previously, he worked at the University College London (UK), at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) as a European Commission’s Marie Curie Fellow, and as an instructor, consultant and researcher for several organisations such as different United Nations agencies, the OECD, the World Bank Institute, UN agencies, state and national governments, and various NGOs and small and large firms in the private sector. He has published seven books and a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Public Administration and Development (PAD, Wiley-Blackwell). Jose holds a Ph.D. in Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Tatiana Gadda Federal University of Technology of Parana (UFTPR), Curitiba and expert member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Tatiana Gadda is Associate Professor at the Federal University of Technology of Parana (UFTPR), Curitiba, Brazil, where she coordinates the project Studio on Cities and Biodiversity. Her research interests concentrates on the appropriation of natural resources by cities and urban consumption patterns in cities with different income levels. She holds a PhD in Earth and Human Environmental Science from Chiba University, Japan, a Masters of Science in Spatial Planning from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm, Sweden, and a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil. Before coming to UFPR, Tatiana worked for the United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Ecosystems and People Program as a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow. She has worked in Brazil and internationally as a practitioner. In Sweden, before joining KTH she worked as an architect in City Planning Office of the city of Gothenburg. In Brazil, she has worked as a consultant on urban issues in several projects. She coordinates the Youth Committee of the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development for the State of Paraná, a United Nations project and is also an expert member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Grant Pearsell City of Edmonton, Canada

Grant Pearsell is the Director of Parks + Biodiversity for the City of Edmonton and has 34 years experience in environmental planning and engineering. He is a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree, a Master of Arts in Regional and Resource Planning degree, as well as a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, and a certificate in Urban Design. Grant sits on the board of directors for the Edmonton and Area Land Trust

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