With growing population in urban areas both globally and in Europe, importance of green infrastructure (GI) for quality of life is constantly increasing. GI provides various ecosystem services (ES) and is recognised by European Commission as a tool for achieving goals of various policies (spatial planning, nature and biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, etc.). According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, cultural ES are defined as „the nonmaterial benefits people obtain from ecosystems through spiritual enrichment, cognitive development, reflection, recreation, and aesthetic experiences”. Importance of studying cultural ES is reflected in prevalence of cultural landscapes in Europe, demand for them is constantly increasing, and it will continue in future. On the other side, there is an increasing demand in democratic societies to include public in decision making with regard to planning and management of GI, while public exclusion from the process often leads to protests. Participatory mapping of cultural ES collects data on how public perceive cultural ES from urban GI, which is useful input for future planning and management of urban GI. The goal of this project is to identify, quantify and map cultural ES and disservices from urban GI based on public perception, explore what affects the perception, and to give recommendation on how to include results of participatory mapping in current spatial planning and management of urban GI. Mix of qualitative and quantitative methods and tools will be used for that purpose (focus groups, survey, webGIS). The project will enhance knowledge on cultural ES and disservices from urban GI, especially in terms of quantification of non-material benefits, as well as disservices from GI since these are often excluded from research on cultural ES.
Doctoral students Martina Kičić and Ana Marija Marin participated in the first Day of doctoral students in the field of biotechnical studies. It took place at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb on October 16, 2020. They presented their doctorates within the project “Improving green infrastructure planning and management through participatory mapping of cultural ecosystem services (CULTUR-ES)“, funded by Croatian Science Foundation. Martina had a presentation “Participatory mapping of the perception of the use of cultural services and the negativity of urban green infrastructure at the city level – a case study of the city of Zagreb” and Ana Marija poster presentation “Perception of the value of cultural services of selected types of green areas in Zagreb”. They also presented the results of the international exploratory study that was conducted in Croatia as well on the use of green spaces during lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The aim of the conference was to exchange experiences between doctoral students in the field of biotechnical studies.
Selection committee had a tough job! We have received 20 applications for two positions or which 13 complied with required conditions. Eight candidates got the opportunity to introduce themselves in person. Based on the job application and interviews in the second stage, the selection committee decided that Martina Kičić and Ana Marija Marin are the best candidates and should be given the opportunity to join the CULTUR-ES project as doctoral students and team members. Congratulations to our new colleagues! We would also like to thank all the applicants for their interest in this project. Heads up and good luck with your future job applications!
Dr. Silvija Krajter Ostoić promoted CULTUR-ES project by poster presentation during GREEN2018 conference that took place in Zagreb, Hotel Panorama, 5-8/6/2018. The conference is organised for the third time by Croatian Forest Research Institute, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Zagreb, Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation, Croatian Society of Biotechnology and Academy of Forestry Sciences. It was promoted by the IUFRO (Divisions 5, 7 and 9), European Forest Institute (EFI), European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA), and it was under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Ministry of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatian Environment and Nature Agency, Croatian Chamber of Forestry and Wood Processing Engineers, Croatian Science Foundation, Zagreb County and City of Jastrebarsko.
We are informing the potential candidates that positions 3 and 4 are those related to the project CULTUR-ES. Place of work is Department for international scientific cooperation in Southeast Europe- EFISEE, Perkovčeva 5/II, Zagreb. More information is provided on the following link:
We wish you success with your applications!PUBLICATIONS
Krajter Ostoić, S., Marin, A.M., Kičić, M., Vuletić, D., 2020. Qualitative Exploration of Perception and Use of Cultural Ecosystem Services from Tree-Based Urban Green Space in the City of Zagreb (Croatia). Forests 11, 876. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11080876
Ugolini, F., Massetti, L., Calaza-Martínez, P., Cariñanos, P., Dobbs, C., Krajter Ostoić, S., Marin, A.M., Pearlmutter, D., Saaroni, H., Šaulienė, I., Simoneti, M., Verlič, A., Vuletić, D., Sanesi, G., 2020. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use and perceptions of urban green space: An international exploratory study. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 56, 126888. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126888.
Kičić, M., Marin, A.M., Vuletić, D., Kaliger, I., Matošević, N., Šimpraga, S., Krajter Ostoić, S., 2020. Who Are the Visitors of Forest Park Grmoščica and What Are Their Needs? Results of Quantitative Exploratory Survey. South-east European forestry, 11(2), 169-180. https://doi. org/10.15177/seefor.20-19.
Kičić, M., Marin, A.M., Vuletić, D., Krajter Ostoić, S., 2020. Perception of cultural ecosystem services in relation to different types of urban green infrastructure – case study of Zagreb, Croatia. In: Socio-Ecological Practice Research for Sustainable Landscape Governance. European Land-Use Institite (ELI), ICUB, Doctoral School Simion Mehedinți (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography), Journal Socio-Ecological Practice Research (SEPR) i IALE Romania, 6.9.2020., Bucharest
Kičić, M., Marin, A.M., Vuletić, D., Haase, D., Krajter Ostoić, S., 2020. Participativno kartiranje percepcije i korištenja kulturoloških usluga i negativnosti urbane zelene infrastrukture na razini grada – studija slučaja grada Zagreba. In: Beljo Lučić, R., Ćurić, D., Ivanković, A. (Ed.) Dan doktorata biotehničkog područja. Agronomski fakultet, Prehrambeno-biotehnološki fakultet i Šumarski fakultet, 16.10.2020., Zagreb
Marin, A.M., Kičić, M., Vultić, D., Krajter Ostoić, S., 2020. Korištenje zelenih površina u Hrvatskoj za vrijeme lockdown-a uzrokovanog pandemijom bolesti COVID-19. In: Beljo Lučić, R., Ćurić, D., Ivanković, A. (Ed.) Dan doktorata biotehničkog područja. Agronomski fakultet, Prehrambeno-biotehnološki fakultet i Šumarski fakultet, 16.10.2020., Zagreb
Krajter Ostoić, S., Marin, A.M., Kičić, M., Vuletić, D., 2020. Qualitative Exploration of Perception and Use of Cultural Ecosystem Services from Tree-Based Urban Green Space in the City of Zagreb (Croatia). U: The 1st International Electronic Conference on Forests — Forests for a Better Future: Sustainability, Innovation, Interdisciplinarity, 15-30.10.2020., Online
Krajter Ostoić, S., Kičić, M., Marin, A.M., Vuletić, D., 2020. Kvalitativno istraživanje percepcije i korištenja kulturoloških usluga zelene infrastrukture na primjeru grada Zagreba. 2. Stručni skup o urbanom šumarstvu „Uloga urbanog šumarstva u održivom razvoju zelene infrastrukture u Hrvatskoj”, 25.11.2020.
Krajter Ostoić, S., Kičić, M., Marin, A.M., Vuletić, D., 2020. Qualitative study on perception and use of cultural ecosystem services of tree-based urban green spaces example of Zagreb (Croatia). XII WORKSHOP SILVA MEDITERRANEA WORKING GROUP ON URBAN AND PERI-URBAN FORESTRY. 26.11.2020.
Marin, A.M., Kičić, M., Vuletić, D., Krajter Ostoić, S., 2020. Percepcija vrijednosti kulturoloških usluga odabranih tipova zelenih površina u gradu Zagrebu. Dan doktorata biotehničkog područja, 16.10.2020., Šumarski fakultet, Zagreb