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Biodiversity conservation and sustainable urban development


Kowarik, I and Fischer, LK and Kendal, D, Biodiversity conservation and sustainable urban development, Sustainability, 12, (12) Article 4964. ISSN 2071-1050 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/su12124964


Urbanization is a major driver of environmental change and is closely linked to the future of biodiversity. Cities can host a high richness of plants and animals, and this urban biodiversity supports multiple regulating, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services. Developing biodiversity-friendly cities is thus inextricably linked to sustainable urban development and human wellbeing. The contributions to this Special Issue on "Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Urban Development" in the journal Sustainability illustrate the role of urban environments as pressures on biodiversity, and envision pathways towards developing more biodiverse urban environments that are accepted and supported by people. Contributions reveal promising opportunities for conserving biodiversity within many urban landscapes. The insights from this Special Issue can support urban conservation policies and their implementation in the development of sustainable cities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biodiversity conservation, conservation policies, biodiversity-friendly management, nature-based solutions, socio-ecological systems, urbanization, urban biodiversity
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:140427
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-08-17
Last Modified:2020-09-21
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