Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.
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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

 

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