TRIA ISSUE N. 27 ( December 2021)   -   CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline for full paper submission: 10th October 2021)

 "Ecosystem Services approach and Nature Based Solutions for urban planning"

 The trend of urbanization in last decades is highly increasing and many environmental impacts are threatening the world resources and proposing new urban challenges to the cities. Land consumption, pollution, climate change, social inequalities are only some of the dangerous impacts on the territory which undermine its resilience. The Ecosystem Services approach represents an interesting and efficient way to tackle these pressures in order to obtain an efficient response for organizing the urban metabolism. The ES offer the opportunity to analyse the natural-anthropic system of cities as “machine” able to produce urban services to population such as health, education, transport, jobs, housing, etc. through the capability of nature to provide climate regulation, air and water purification, waste decomposition, soil and nutrient cycling, habitat provision, aesthetic and cultural benefits, food, etc.

In terms of urban and territorial planning the ES approach is translated into Nature Based Solutions (NBS) to apply to the territory. The EU Commission defines nature-based solutions as “Solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions.”

 The application of innovative NBS in the urban planning practices is an open and increasing field of research for scholars and professionals to tackle the rising urban challenges. NBS are able to address multiple challenges simultaneously and provide additional co-benefits as many experts sustain.

However, urban planning is experimenting many difficulties in applying the ES approach and NBS to current plans, projects, programs and policies. The reasons of this failure have different roots and causes due to some limiting factors: physical, natural, technological, human, economic, social, financial.

TRIA journal, in the next issue, aims to debate on the ecosystem services approach and its application in urban planning and design through the nature based solutions, and proposes to the attention of scholars the recognition of the limiting factors which produce difficulties to the implementation in current practices.

The papers can also analyse other themes related to the main topic and addressing theoretical and methodological aspects and/or case studies concerning national and international contexts.

 Submission instructions:

To be considered for publication, full papers should be submitted to before the 10th October 2021. They can be written in Italian, English or Spanish and must follow the TRIA Author Guidelines ( All submissions will go through the regular journal review process.