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Case 03 - Valuation of urban ecosystem services in Oslo

Please read the OpenNESS 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:

You can find four very practical and inspirational cases in the bar on the left, under factsheets.

The Oslo case study aims to translate the concepts of natural capital (NC) and ecosystem services (ES) into operational examples. We conduct integrated assessment and valuation of urban ES, demonstrating how several different approaches can support urban management and decision-making in Oslo. The case study also scrutinizes the potential and limitations of the concepts of ES and NC in an urban and Norwegian context.

The Oslo OpenNESS case study is a cooperation between the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, a non-profit research foundation, and Vista Analyse AS, a small enterprise. The municipality of Oslo and several of its agencies constitute the
project’s advisory board.

  Case participants

Nina Oslo

  • David N. Barton
  • Erik Gómez-Baggethun
  • Stefan Blumentrath
  • Anders Often
  • Olve Krange

NINA Lillehammer

  • Vegard Gundersen
  • Berit Köhler
  • Erik Stange
  • Margrethe Tingstad

NINA Trondheim

  • Graciela Rusch

VISTA Analyse A/S

  • Rasmus Reinvang
  • Henrik Lindhjem

  Research collaborations


MSc. students

  • Claudia Fongar (NTNU)
  • Oscar Haavardsholm (UiO)
  • Nora Vågnes Traaholt (U. København)

Ph.D. students

  • Emma Soy Massoni (U. de Girona, Spania)
  • Sergi Nuss Girona (U. de Girona, Spania)

Visiting researchers

  • Grazia Zulian (JRC)
  • Leena Kopperoinen (SYKE)
  • Pekka Itkonen (SYKE)
  • Arto Viinikka (SYKE)

App development

  • Joerg Preiss (UFZ)
  • Robin Elger

  News and blogs

  Research topics

1. Valuation pilot studies

2. Urban ecosystem services in Norwegian

3. Property level valuation of blue-green structures

  • Hedonic property pricing
  • BGF mapping
  • Blue-green factor app

4. Green space recreational opportunity & demand

  • ESTIMAP recreation
  • Structural diversity mapping
  • Online household survey
  • mAptivity app

5. Pollination services

  • ESTIMAP pollination
  • Blue-green factor gradient field studies

6. Valuation of city trees

  • Bayesian belief network valuation model
  • Online spatial BBN