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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Case 01 - Ecosystem Services in Urban Land Use Planning: Case Sibbesborg in southern Finland

Please read the OpenNESS final case study booklet 'Ecosystem services in operation' for the final outcomes of the cases. More detailed information about the cases and the tools and methods used can be found on Oppla: www.oppla.eu

Sibbesborg is a large-scale urban development project whose purpose is to develop Söderkulla and the Sipoonlahti area into a new town of 70,000-100,000 inhabitants. The project responds to the population growth pressures of the Helsinki metropolitan area.

The aim of this case is to explore the ways in which ecosystem services can be taken explicitly into account in the Sibbesborg planning process. OpenNESS researchers will work together with the Sibbesborg planning team, consisting of architects, consultants and representatives of Sipoo municipality, and support the planners in identifying, measuring, mapping and valuating ecosystem services and the green infrastructure. The aim is also to assess how to benefit from ecosystem services in social and economic terms. A special focus is on green infrastructure and new tools to manage open green space as part of urban realm. Distinct themes of the Sibbesborg plan approved by the municipality are local food production and green care, which refers to social, health and educational services relying on natural and agricultural environments.

Case Study Leader Prof. Jari Niemelä from the University of Helsinki is engaged in the Sibbesborg planning process as an ecosystem service expert. His team will work together with SYKE researchers and the Sibbesborg planning team, as well as a Case Study Advisory Board consisting of local stakeholders and municipalities.