Ecology and Management of Urban Green Space

Ecology and Management of Urban Green Space

Course dates:
4 August, 2015 to 20 August, 2015
640 EUR
Application deadline:
Friday, 31 July, 2015
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland


This course introduces students to the theory and practice of ecology and management of urban green areas. The course will tackle urban sustainability, the ecosystem services approach and social-ecological linkages in city and green space planning, and will provide examples of designing a green city. The excursions focus on ecology and environmental technology as linked to urban green space and water elements. Another key focus is the role of green space in improving the ecological function of urban areas.

Learning objectives

After completing the course, the students will have learned both basic and specific features of urban green space ecology, management and planning from the Finnish and an international perspective. They will have learned about the ecosystem services approach and how these services can make urban green space useful for urban residents. The students will be ready to apply the information, knowledge and skills acquired during the course in the theoretical and practical context of their own countries and cities.



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Contact information

Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the coordinator, Mr. Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, vesa.yli-pelkonen(at)

Any questions on the general arrangements (accommodation, payments, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office at summer-school(at)