Improving green infrastructure planning and management through participatory mapping of cultural ecosystem services (CULTUR-ES)

HRZZ Instalation Research Projects

Jan 2018 - Dec 2022

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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.

Croatian Science Foundation, Installation Research Project IRP-2017-05-1986


CUTUR-ES project participated in the workshop of the INTERREG DANUBE project URBforDANL


CULTUR-ES project participated in the workshop of the INTERREG DANUBE project URBforDAN

Results of the public call for two doctoral students on the project CULTUR-ES


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!


Project promotion during GREEN2018 conference in Zagreb


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.


Research assistant-PhD student on the project CULTUR-ES – 2 positions


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!