Dara Gayeva’s research is devoted to the role of gardens in developing an urban ecosystem with special focus on bees and other insects’ habitat. The research is important for urban development as in big cities there is always a conflict between population growth and lack of space for building new homes. The research will make it possible to estimate the economic and ecological role of green zones in a city.
IKBFU researcher, Candidate of Geographical Sciences, Dara Gayeva has had a 10 month-long internship at Humboldt University of Berlin. The research project’s topic is: “Comparative socio-environmental analysis of the contribution of garden plots to the provision and use of urban ecosystem services: a case study of Berlin and Kaliningrad”. The internship was held at the Institute of Geography at the Department of Geoecology under the leadership of one of the leading scientists in the field of geoecological modeling and ecosystem service of urban areas, Professor Dagmar Haase.
The main objectives of the study were aimed at assessing urban ecosystem services, planning green infrastructure, climate-regulating functions of green zones, and the role of urban agriculture. The purpose of the study is to assess the importance of urban gardens for the self-supply of city residents with food, as well as recreation areas and as a habitat for pollinating insects. Differences in the perception of environmental, social and economic values of these sites by residents of the city were evaluated.
Dara Gayeva said:
“City gardens or dachas are a part of urban agriculture that is being actively developed in the recent years. The advantage of these territories for the urban ecosystem is the relatively “sparing” management, which allows you to save and create many ecosystem functions, such as air purification, temperature control, preservation of soil fertility or refugium for the local flora and fauna. The first results of a study in Berlin, based on an online survey (more than 500 respondents were interviewed) and field studies (assessing the biodiversity of nectar and dust plants) were presented at an international seminar at the Humboldt University and the Parliament of Berlin”
Currently, part of the study is continuing on the perception of the socio-ecological functions of garden sites in Kaliningrad. Take part in the survey and help the research by clicking on the link.