When legality is not enough: moving beyond legal land tenure for urban farmers in Soweto, South Africa

Urban agriculture is widely supported across developing countries as it has proven to be a vital livelihood strategy among the urban poor, resulting in various benefits, including enhanced food security and socioeconomic empowerment. Many researchers and policymakers stress that legal land tenure is one of the key assets that help to enhance the potential of... Continue Reading →

Just Scapes: Participatory workshops addressing just transformations of the European countryside from the perspective of Slovácko, Horňácko, and Valašsko regions

What changes do we see in local landscape and society, and what would we like to happen in the future? How do we ensure that the effects of these changes are just for everyone? The European countryside is undergoing great social and natural changes, including climate change. However, the impacts of these changes affect various... Continue Reading →

Using Google Street View photographs to assess outdoor thermal discomfort and heat perception due to heatwaves in the urban environment

We have just published a preprint of a new study together with colleagues from the Department of remote sensing. The preprint reports the results of three studies conducted on residents of Czech cities of Brno and České Budějovice (N = 1,877) in which we explored heat perception in cities during summer heatwaves. Using street view... Continue Reading →

The Department Highlights of 2021

Would you like to read our highlights of 2021? We have prepared a little newsletter to show you what we have done over the last year. We wish you a wonderful winter holiday, and look forward to seeing you again in 2022. highlights2021_finalDownload

Mapování kulturních ekosystémových služeb v krajině

Kulturní ekosystémové služby (KES) představují přínosy, které příroda poskytuje lidem a společnosti. Dle některých klasifikačních rámců (např. “Přínosy přírody lidem” dle Díaz a kol. 2018) se jim také říká nemateriální přínosy, které často vznikají spolupůsobením člověka. Snahy o objektivní měření KES komplikuje značná míra subjektivity jejich vnímání a také jejich nemateriální povaha úzce provázaná s... Continue Reading →

Public support for urban climate adaptation policy through nature-based solutions

The impacts of climate change on urban life require response in terms of adaptation planning. We investigated perceptions of and economic preferences for urban climate adaptation through nature-based solutions (NBS) in Prague and found that: (i) increased use of NBS is likely to generate significant economic public value; (ii) people perceive the species diversity of the NBS measures positively; (iii) NBS implemented in...

What are the conservation-development conflicts when it comes to wolves (Canis lupus) in the Czech countryside?

When it comes to large carnivores in Europe, what are the main issues described by farmers, foresters and herd keepers, and what are the just measures to give both parties (animals and humans) their needed living space?  The return of large carnivores to Europe as a means of rewilding nature is gradually becoming one of the burning issues for a variety of... Continue Reading →

Od změny klimatu ke klimatické akci (od přírodních věd ke společenským vědám)

Mezivládní panel pro změnu klimatu (IPCC) vydal 9. srpna svoji Šestou hodnotící zprávu o fyzikálních základech změny klimatu. Zpráva hodnotí současné vědecké poznání v oblasti procesů a dopadů změny klimatu, projekcí budoucího oteplování a dopadů na klimatické systémy. Jedná se o zprávu shrnující, proč potřebujeme ohledně klimatické změny urychleně jednat, tedy proč potřebujeme tzv. klimatickou... Continue Reading →

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