Locatelli et al. (2017) characterized how land-use trajectories affect ecosystem services (ES) in mountain landscapes. Despite acknowledging that “urban ecosystems may provide important provisioning services and a variety of cultural services” (Locatelli et al. 2017), their model described urban areas as “Worst-case scenarios (decrease of all services),” with a near-complete absence of provisioning, regulating, and cultural services relative to services in more natural (less developed) areas. We comment on this.
Urban areas do provide ecosystem services
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Article published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
Article published in Landscape and Urban Planning