The Urban Forest

Cultivating Green Infrastructure for People and the Environment

  • David Pearlmutter
  • Carlo Calfapietra
  • Roeland Samson
  • Liz O'Brien
  • Silvija Krajter Ostoić
  • Giovanni Sanesi
  • Rocío Alonso del Amo

Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Environmental Ecosystem Services Provided by Urban Forests and Green Infrastructure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jelle A. Hiemstra, Hadas Saaroni, Jorge H. Amorim
      Pages 7-19
    3. Roeland Samson, Rüdiger Grote, Carlo Calfapietra, Paloma Cariñanos, Silvano Fares, Elena Paoletti et al.
      Pages 21-30
    4. Silvano Fares, Elena Paoletti, Carlo Calfapietra, Teis N. Mikkelsen, Roeland Samson, Didier Le Thiec
      Pages 31-39
    5. Urša Vilhar
      Pages 41-47
    6. Miglena Zhiyanski, Maria Sokolovska, Maria Glushkova, Urša Vilhar, Lyudmila Lozanova
      Pages 49-58
    7. Abhishek Tiwary, Lucian Dinca, Miglena Zhiyanski
      Pages 59-65
    8. Pedro Pinho, Marco Moretti, Ana Catarina Luz, Filipa Grilo, Joana Vieira, Leena Luís et al.
      Pages 67-78
    9. Paloma Cariñanos, Pedro Calaza-Martínez, Liz O’Brien, Carlo Calfapietra
      Pages 79-87
    10. Ana Isabel Miranda, Helena Martins, Joana Valente, Jorge H. Amorim, Carlos Borrego, Richard Tavares et al.
      Pages 89-99
    11. Roeland Samson, Tine F. Ningal, Abhishek Tiwary, Rüdiger Grote, Silvano Fares, Hadas Saaroni et al.
      Pages 111-144
    12. Roeland Samson
      Pages 145-147
  3. Socio-Cultural Services Provided by Urban Forests and Green Infrastructure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Liz O’Brien, Rik De Vreese, Erdoğan Atmiş, Anton Stahl Olafsson, Tuija Sievänen, Michael Brennan et al.
      Pages 153-190
    3. Theano S. Terkenli, Simon Bell, Ivana Živojinović, Jelena Tomićević-Dubljević, Thomas Panagopoulos, Inga Straupe et al.
      Pages 191-216
  4. Economic Benefits and Governance of Urban Forests in a Green Infrastructure Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Natalie Marie Gulsrud, Silvija Krajter Ostoić
      Pages 233-234
    3. Natalie Marie Gulsrud, Silvija Krajter Ostoić, Maija Faehnle, Bruno Maric, Riikka Paloniemi, David Pearlmutter et al.
      Pages 235-258
    4. Ian Whitehead, Ralph Hansmann, Frank Lohrberg, Ivana Živojinović, Andreas Bernasconi, Nerys Jones
      Pages 259-282
    5. Kenton Rogers, Maria-Beatrice Andreucci, Nerys Jones, Anže Japelj, Petar Vranic
      Pages 283-299
  5. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Rocío Alonso del Amo, Giovanni Sanesi
      Pages 303-304
    3. Naomi Zürcher, Maria -Beatrice Andreucci
      Pages 315-346
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-351

About this book


This book focuses on urban "green infrastructure" – the interconnected web of vegetated spaces like street trees, parks and peri-urban forests that provide essential ecosystem services in cities. The green infrastructure approach embodies the idea that these services, such as storm-water runoff control, pollutant filtration and amenities for outdoor recreation, are just as vital for a modern city as those provided by any other type of infrastructure. Ensuring that these ecosystem services are indeed delivered in an equitable and sustainable way requires knowledge of the physical attributes of trees and urban green spaces, tools for coping with the complex social and cultural dynamics, and an understanding of how these factors can be integrated in better governance practices. By conveying the findings and recommendations of COST Action FP1204 GreenInUrbs, this volume summarizes the collaborative efforts of researchers and practitioners from across Europe to address these challenges. 


Urban green infrastructure Urban forests Ecosystem services Socio-cultural amenities Green governance

Editors and affiliations

  • David Pearlmutter
    • 1
  • Carlo Calfapietra
    • 2
  • Roeland Samson
    • 3
  • Liz O'Brien
    • 4
  • Silvija Krajter Ostoić
    • 5
  • Giovanni Sanesi
    • 6
  • Rocío Alonso del Amo
    • 7
  1. 1.Bona Terra Department of Man in the Desert, Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer CampusBe’er ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Institute of Agro-Environmental and Forest Biology (IBAF)National Research Council (CNR)Monterotondo (Rome), Porano (TR)Italy
  3. 3.Faculty of Sciences, Department of Bioscience EngineeringUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  4. 4.Centre for Ecosystems, Society and BiosecuritySocial and Economic Research Group (Forest Research)SurreyUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Department for International Scientific Cooperation in Southeast EuropeCroatian Forest Research InstituteZagrebCroatia
  6. 6.Department of Agricultural and Environmental ScienceUniversity of BariBariItaly
  7. 7.Ecotoxicology of Air PollutionCIEMATMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50279-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50280-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1876-0899
  • Series Online ISSN 1876-0880
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