This article was originally published on: EPFL.


“In Africa, cities are unable to accommodate population growth within their current administrative limits, and land management remains a key issue in urban planning and urban management. Researchers from the Urban and Regional Planning Community at EPFL used the concept of ecosystem services to bring an alternative to current land management approaches by assessing changes in the benefits from ecosystems in two peripheral areas of Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Participatory mapping

Residents’ inputs are crucial for sustainable planning, but this is often neglected. Participatory approaches are helpful in understanding the complexity of the relationships between the residents and their surrounding ecosystems, as well as the benefits they gain from them. Such benefits can be physical (e.g. food) or social (e.g. landscape beauty) Over an eighteen-years period between 2000 to 2018, people lost almost the entirety of the benefits they gained from ecosystems in the past due to uncontrolled urbanization and destruction of the landscape…”

Read on at: EPFL.