by CY Jim, WY Chen
Although the practice of incorporating vegetation into areas of human development has long existed in China, the practice of urban forestry for public use (rather than royal or temple gardens) is relatively new, and the scientific study of urban forestry only dates back to the 1990s. This paper reviews research on urban forestry and ecosystem services valuation in China taken from international and Chinese journals. Studies addressing air quality, microclimate, and hydrology regulation, and cultural and supporting services are considered, and benefits are quantified where possible and presented in summary tables. Different methods of valuation are considered. Research gaps and opportunities are identified.