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Developing a complementary framework for urban ecology

Kattel, GR, Elkadi, HA and Meikle, H 2013, 'Developing a complementary framework for urban ecology' , Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 12 (4) , pp. 498-508.

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Cities are characterized by dynamic interactions between socio-economic and biophysical forces. Currently more than half of the global population reside in cities which influence the global biogeochemical cycles and climate change, substantially exacerbating pressures on urban pollution, water quality and food security, as well as operating costs for infrastructure development. Goods and services such as aesthetic values, water purification, nutrient recycling, and biological diversity, that urban ecosystems generate for the society, are critical to sustain. Urban planners are increasingly facing the considerable challenges of management issues for urban ecosystems. Poor understanding of the complementary roles of urban ecology in urban infrastructure, and the functioning of ecosystems and ecological resilience of a complex human-dominated landscape has impeded effective urban planning over time, resulting in socialdisharmony.Hereacomplementaryframeworkforurbanecologyisproposed,inwhichecosystems interactwithlanduse,architectureandurbandesign–“E-LAUD”–affectingecosystemandhumanhealth, and building on the concept that land uses in urban green areas, road-strips, wetlands, ‘habitat islands’ and urban architecture could synergistically benefit when clustered together in different combinations of urban landscapes. It is proposed that incorporation of the E-LAUD framework in urban planning forms the context of a new interdisciplinary research programme on ecological resilience for urban ecosystems and helps promote ecosystem services.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1618-8667
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Funders: The Centre of Memory, Imagination, and Innovation (CMII) at Deakin University
Depositing User: Christine Tate
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 17:33
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:29

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