Restoring 30% of the World’s Ecosystems in Priority Areas Could Stave Off More than 70% of Projected Extinctions

A new report in Nature involving ICTA-UAB demonstrates that this measure would allow the absorption of nearly half of the carbon built up in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution.

Diet of pre-Columbian Societies in the Brazilian Amazon Reconstructed

A new study shows that hunting and agroforestry management, and not fishing, were the foundations of subsistence economy for pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon coast of Brazil.

Wildlife conservation undermines the rights of indigenous people and local communities in India

A new EJAtlas map launched by the ICTA-UAB denounces that the current model puts growth and gains before human lives and the nature it is intended to protect.

Ocean Warming and Acidification Effects on Calcareous Phytoplankton Communities

A new study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that the negative effects of rapid ocean warming on planktonic communities will be exacerbated by ocean acidification.

ICTA-UAB economist Joan Martínez Alier wins the Balzan Prize for Environmental Challenges

Economist Joan Martínez Alier from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology  of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the winners of the 2020 Balzan Prize in the category of "Environmental Challenges: Responses from the Social Sciences and Humanities".

Indigenous People Essential to Understanding Environmental Change

An international research involving ICTA-UAB scientists shows how local and indigenous knowledge can help manage ecosystems and wildlife.

New publication in the MAGIC project takes a critical look at circular economy

With the world’s attention focussed on COVID-19, issues that were in the forefront of public concern just a few months ago seem to have magically disappeared.

Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet’s Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs at Least 5-to-1

First-of-its-kind report involving ICTA-UAB researcher shows the global economy is better off with more nature protected.

ICTA-UAB awarded the "María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been accredited a Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Proyecto experimental de agricultura urbana, local y tradicional en Sabadell

El ICTA-UAB y el Ayuntamiento de Sabadell constituyen la comunidad FoodE, que reúne a todos los actores implicados en el sistema de producción alimentaria de la ciudad y en esta iniciativa.

What do we breathe when in the forest?

For the first time, a study characterizes the forest chemistry of the air under the canopy of a Mediterranean holm oak forest and detects maximum concentrations in July and August.

Catalonia's Scientific Contributions to Fighting Covid-19

Sixty ICREA researchers, including Isabelle Anguelovski of the ICTA-UAB, lead more than a hundred research activities on Covid-19.

Academia in the Time of COVID-19: Towards an Ethics of Care

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Computer Platform Gives Visibility to Catalonia's Small Villages

A research team from the UAB, in collaboration with the Association of Microvillages of Catalonia, has created a Geographic Information System (GIS) for Active and Sustainable Hamlets (GISASH), which gathers information on the state of and services offered by the more than 330 municipalities in Catalonia with fewer than 500 inhabitants.

Environmental justice defenders victims of violence and murder

Grassroots movements halt environmental degradation in up to 27% of environmental conflicts worldwide, according to a study by the ICTA-UAB.

Technological changes and new low-carbon lifestyles, key to mitigating climate change impacts

In order to mitigate climate change impacts and achieve a more sustainable society, it is necessary to transform the current energy system based on fossil fuels into a model based on renewable energies.

Exploring climate change impacts through popular proverbs

Members of an irrigation community doing maintenance work in an acequia de careo (irrigation canal built at the top of the mountain) to improve the circulation of water for irrigation and human consumption.

Neolithic vessels reveal dairy consumption in Europe 7,000 years ago

Pottery from the site located in Verson (Francia) analysed during the research (Picture by Annabelle Cocollos, Conseil départemental du Calvados ou CD14 publicada en Germain-Vallée et al.

Economic growth is incompatible with biodiversity conservation

A study involving more than 20 specialists in conservation ecology and ecological economics highlights the contradiction between economic growth and biodiversity conservation.

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.
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Johannes Langemeyer
Johannes Langemeyer

Johannes, PhD, is working at ICTA (UAB) as a post-doc researcher in international research collaborations and as an environmental auditor and policy consultant. He was trained as a geographer at the Humboldt University, Berlin. He further holds an MSc in European Master in Environmental Studies (MSc) from Univeridad de Aveiro, TU-Hamburg, Aaalborg University and UAB. He completed his doctorate studies on urban ecosystem services under a joint supervision agreement (cotutela) between ICTA and the Stockholm Resilience Centre and defended his doctorate thesis at Stockholm University in 2015. 

Research Interests
My work focusses on the interaction and interlinkage between humans and nature. This includes a better understanding of the benefits nature provides to people as triggers of environmental stewardship. It also includes considerations of justice and equity in ecosystem services provided to current and future generations and societal groups within them. I am motivated by work that has practical implications and triggers change for this I am closely interacting with policy, planning, corporate and civic action groups at multiple scales and across different environments (including cities, agricultural landscapes and wetlands). 

Publications

  • Langemeyer J. & Gómez-Baggethun, E. (2018). Urban biodiversity and ecosystem services. In Ossola, A. & Niemelä, J. (ed.) Urban Biodiversity - From Research to Practice. Routledge, Oxon and New York, pp 36-53. ISBN 978-1-138-22438-4.
     
  • Calvet-Mir, L., March, H., Camps Calvet, M., Langemeyer, J., Gómez Baggethun, E. (2017). In Tendero (ed.) Sembrant vida a les ciutats: Beneficis socials I ambientals dels horts urbans de Barcelona. In La ciutat agrària. Agricultura urbana i sobirania alimentària. Icaria. (Book chapter) Available online: https://arrandeterrablog.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/agricultura-urbana-cat_def.pdf 
     
  • Langemeyer J. (2017) Die Bedeutung von urbanen Gärten für den Erhalt von Ökosystemleistungen. Deutscher Ökosystemleistungs-Blog. Available online: http://www.esp-de.de/category/blog/
     
  • Elmqvist T., Gómez-Baggethun E., Langemeyer J. (2016). Ecosystem Services from Green Infrastructure in Cities. In: Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. and Turner, R.K. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge, London and New York, pp 452-468. ISBN 978-1-138-02508-0. https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138025080
     
  • Langemeyer J., Latkowska M.J., Gomez-Baggethun E., Voigt A., Calvet-Mir L., Pourias J., Camps-Calvet M., Orsini F., Breuste J., Artmann M., Jokinen A., Béchet B., Brito da Luz, P., Hursthouse A., Stępień M.P. and Baležentiene L., Ecosystem services from urban gardens. In: Bell, S., et al., (Eds.) Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe, Routledge; London. https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138921092
     
  • Voigt A, Leitão T, Béchet B, Christ Y, Heller A, Hursthouse A, Jokinen A, Kylvik M, Brito da Luz P, Langemeyer J, Latkowska M (2016). Lessons learned: Indicators and best practices for an environemental friendly garden. In Bell, S. (ed.) Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe. Routledge, London.
     
  • Langemeyer, J. (2015). Urban Ecosystem Services. The Value of Green Spaces in Cities. PhD-Thesis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Stockholm University. ISBN 978-91-7649-290-1.
     
  • Langemeyer, J. (2015). Socio-cultural values of urban ecosystem services. In: Nuss-Girona, S. & Castañer, M. (Eds.) Ecosystem Services: concepts, methodologies and instruments for research and applied use. Documenta Universitaria, Girona, pp 113-125. ISBN 978-84-9984-308-7.
     
  • Saarikoski H; Barton DN; Mustajoki J; Keune H; Gomez-Baggethun E, Langemeyer J (2015): Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) in ecosystem service valuation. In: Potschin, M. and K. Jax (eds): OpenNESS Ecosystem Service Reference Book. EC FP7 Grant Agreement no. 308428. Available via: www.openness-project.eu/library/reference-book

Media mentions

El Pais – Alter consumismo. Los otros parques. Beneficios sociales y ambientales de los huertos urbanos. 2017/09/12. https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/09/11/alterconsumismo/1505134224_029171.html
RNE - Vida verde – beneficios del huerto urbano. 2017/07/29. http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/vida-verde/vida-verde-beneficios-del-huerto-urbano-29-07-17/4141121/
RTVE - Sembrar vida en las ciudades. http://blog.rtve.es/vidaverde/2017/07/sembrar-vida-en-las-ciudades.html

Current Projects
 
BiodivERsA ENABLE http://projectenable.eu/
H2020 NATURVATION http://naturvation.eu/
Website: www.BCNUEJ.org

 

Johannes Langemeyer
Email UAB: Johannes.Langemeyer@uab.cat
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