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Applying the ecosystem services concept in spatial planning – ten theses


  • Christian Albert Ruhr University Bochum, Institute of Geography
  • Rieke Hansen Hochschule Geisenheim University, Institut für Freiraumentwicklung
  • Alexandra Dehnhardt Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW) GmbH
  • Sonja Deppisch HafenCity University Hamburg, Forschungsbereich Globaler Wandel und raumbezogene Strategien
  • Christine Fürst Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Geowissenschaften und Geographie, Abteilung für Nachhaltige Landschaftsentwicklung
  • Gesa Geißler Technische Universität Berlin
  • Nadine Gerner Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband, Abteilung Fluss und Landschaft
  • Stefan Marzelli ifuplan Institut für Umweltplanung und Raumentwicklung
  • Christian Poßer Fachhochschule Erfurt, Fachgebiet Stadtökologie und angewandtes Umweltrecht / Stadt Duisburg
  • Joachim Rathmann Universität Würzburg, Institut für Geographie und Geologie, Lehrstuhl für Geographie und Regionalforschung
  • Linda Schrapp Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Institut für Ökologie und Landschaft
  • Christoph Schröter-Schlaack Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Themenbereich Umwelt & Gesellschaft
  • Barbara Warner ARL - Akademie für Raumentwicklung in der Leibniz Gemeinschaft



Ecosystem services, Spatial development, Spatial planning, Operationalization, Planning actors, Legal bases, Planning methods


The concept of ecosystem services can help to overcome implementation deficits in spatial planning and to promote the protection and sustainable use of nature and landscape. However, diverse findings on the concept’s application in Germany have not yet been brought together and evaluated. The aim of this paper is to present theses on the meaningful and effective use of ecosystem services in spatial planning and the promotion of sustainable spatial development. The theses are intended to summarize the state of knowledge and provide recommendations for use in practice and for further research. They are divided into three thematic areas: Theses on the benefits of the ecosystem services concept, on obstacles and potentials of its use and theses on needs for action. The theses are intended to motivate practitioners and scientists to apply the ecosystem services concept in appropriate planning contexts, to use it for better protection and development of nature and landscape, and to support transformation processes towards sustainable development.


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Albert C, Hansen R, Dehnhardt A, Deppisch S, Fürst C, Geißler G, et al. Applying the ecosystem services concept in spatial planning – ten theses. RuR [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 27 [cited 2024 Jun. 15];80(1). Available from:


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