Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities

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Title: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities
Abstract: The book not only quantifi es but also lays out the complex linkages between ecosystem services and urbanization, giving us detailed case studies of cities that have used an ecosystem services approach, either explicitly or implicitly, in urban planning in order to address the many challenges that urbanization poses. The problems caused by urbanization are enormous and varied. Over the last century, the migration of hundreds of millions of people from rural to urban areas in search of employment and better living conditions has not been a smooth transition. Millions have been left to live for prolonged periods in makeshift urban slums, suffering from poverty of income, health, nutrition, and safety. Constant threats of food and water scarcity have been brought about by climate change, unsustainable resource use, and inadequate planning. Cities are increasingly unsustainable, vulnerable and insecure, and therefore achieving sustainability and resilience for cities has to be high on any government’s agenda. To support this necessary and important focus, the book delivers key messages to policy makers and showcases many instances of smart urban planning that have made use of nature and its services to alleviate or solve some of these problems. In the process, this book redefi nes cities from being centers of economic growth and consumption to places generating human well-being and even creating positive externalities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1029
Date: 2013


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