Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities

A Global Assessment

by Thomas Elmqvist, Michail Fragkias, Julie Goodness, Burak Güneralp, Peter J. Marcotullio, Robert I. McDonald, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius, Marte Sendstad, Karen C. Seto, Cathy Wilkinson

Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities

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Book Description

To understand how the world's ecosystems are changing we need to understand cities, and to create better cities we need to understand the ecosystems they depend on. The failure of most markets, government policies and even urban studies to take these relations into account has put cities, and increasingly the whole world, in a difficult position. Studies like Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services can help us to extricate ourselves, provided we act on the knowledge they provide.

The challenges of urbanization are profound, but so too are the opportunities. Cities can reconcile human society and biodiversity by creating environments that are ecologically sustainable, economically productive, socially just, politically participatory and culturally vibrant. I commend this study to all who have a stake in creating ecologically sustainable urbanization for the benefit of humanity and the planet.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC). You can download Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities ebook for free in PDF format (29.4 MB).

Book Details

Subject
Education and Teaching
Publisher
Springer
Published
2013
Pages
771
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9789400770874
ISBN10
9400770871
ISBN13 Digital
9789400770881
ISBN10 Digital
940077088X
PDF Size
29.4 MB
License
CC BY-NC

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