Ask Oppla question by Hanna

I am working on a paper in the context of spatial planning, integrating the ES concept and effects on human well being / health. I would be very interested in experiences, case studies or inputs in urban contexts within that field. Your feedback is highly appreciated. Thank you!


Hi Hanna,

Thank you for your question. We've asked our experts and we will have some answers for you soon. 

In the meantime we have found some resources on Oppla which may be of some iterest to you.

Good luck with your paper!

The Oppla Team

Posted on: 30 Nov 2016 - 12:56

You may want to look into work by Cecil Konijnendijk Van Den Bosch who works on

  • Urban forestry
  • Urban green space governance
  • Green infrastructure planning
  • Cultural ecosystem services
  • Place making and keeping

and who is also editor-in-chief of “Urban Forestry”, where you will find papers dealing with the field of questions you are raising.

Further, also try "Oppla Marketplace " and filter according to your search criteria, or type "urban" into the search field. With a quick search you will get several relevant studies. And try the "Oppla Case study finder" . For instance the case "Mapping ecosystem services to support urban planning in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region" may meet your interests.

Posted on: 1 Dec 2016 - 16:03

Dear Hanna,

At the Tour du valat we have several projects done and ongoing that relate biodiversity to health, some take into account the spatial urban context and others less. Of course it is difficult to speak only about ecosystem services for health without also considering the possible negative impacts on biodiversity on human health.
As your question remains rather large, I just want to provide you with the names of two people whom you might like to contact with a more precise question of what you are looking for:

At the Tour du Valat, we work on multiple health-biodiversity research questions. Among others we study the question whether increased diversity of potential hosts dilute viruses and therefore, thereby reducing the exposure and risks for human health. The exposure to risks definitely also has a spatial dimension, but I am not sure to which extent the urban areas were taken into consideration in previous projects. Please contact Marion Vittecoq ( for more information on this research.

At this moment, the Tour du Valat we have a project on mosquitoes in towns. For this project and previous projects on the topic please contact Brigitte Poulin ( Here is a previous study demonstrated the impact of current health related interventions on biodiversity.

Best wishes


Posted on: 8 Dec 2017 - 10:34