GartenLeistungen – Evaluation of the multidimensional services of urban greenery

Urban greenery for sustainable and resource-efficient cities of the future

Urban gardens, public parks and green spaces in cities compete with other land use options for increasingly scarce space. Although urban greenery fulfills a variety of services for urban society, it often plays a subordinate role in urban area management. Economically more lucrative uses of land are often the focus of municipal planning, leading to a crowding-out of green spaces.

Objectives and procedure
The project evaluates the multidimensional relevance of urban gardens, parks and green spaces for urban society. To this end, material flows and ecological and social impacts are quantified using a set of analytical instruments that are developed and evaluated together with relevant urban stakeholders. In collaboration with the cities of Stuttgart and Berlin, as well as with further stakeholders, the instruments developed are applied to specific case studies.

Expected results and transfer
Through a comprehensive evaluation of the services provided by urban gardens and parks, the project will provide detailed information for political decision makers regarding sustainable area management. The approaches developed will be tested and optimized in real-world laboratories (living labs) in Berlin and Stuttgart.

Project title
GartenLeistungen – Urban gardens and parks: Multidimensional services for a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable management of urbans areas and material flows

Project website


Funding code

2.164.880 €

Prof. Jesko Hirschfeld
Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung gGmbH
030 884594-19

Project partners
Technische Universität Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart
Universität Stuttgart
himmelbeet gGmbH
Kulturinsel Stuttgart gGmbH
Grün Berlin GmbH
TERRA URBANA Umlandentwicklungs-gesellschaft mbH

Version of
Mai 2019

Contributions at the kick-off event in June 2019