Ekosystemtjänstförvaltning i Sveriges kommuner: En jämförelse mellan tätort och glesbygd
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The concept of ecosystem services often is defined as a way where we as humans protect and preserve available ecosystems and at the same time can make use of these ecosystems for our own well-being. According to the UN report Millennium Ecosystem Assessment from 2005 the services can be classified into four categories: provisioning, regulating, cultural or supporting. This study is focusing on how Swedish municipalities are managing all of these services. The main aim was to examine if there is a difference among municipalities in general and between municipalities with a high and a low range of population density in particular. The reason for these potential differences was also discussed by interviews with representatives for a number of selected municipalities, complemented by studies of literature, this study showed that there are differences between Sweden’s more populated and less populated municipalities. Typically, the main difference was found in the area of the knowledge and the use of the concept in daily planning. Some municipalities seems to be almost unaware of that they partly already are planning for the maintenance of these services. In conclusion, there is still more work to do fully make use of the ecosystem service concept in planning to create a more resilient society, not least for the municipalities on the country side!
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 29 p.
ecosystem, ecosystem services, biodiversity, Swedish municipalities
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130578OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130578DiVA: diva2:931227