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Biodiversity and Green Infrastructure in Urban Landscapes: The Importance of Urban Green Spaces [Paperback]

Ulf G. Sandstrom

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April 29, 2008 3836468603 978-3836468602
KurztextDuring the past half century the world human population has shifted from being localised mainly to rural areas to a situation where more than 50 % live in urban areas. This development has led to conflicts between continued urban expansion on the one hand and the maintenance of urban green space for biodiversity on the other. This work shows that green spaces are crucial for urban biodiversity as well as to the life quality and health of urban dwellers. The reason is that urban nature is an important arena for physical and social activities, relaxation and tranquillity. Existing green spaces should thus be protected, and if necessary be restored for example by converting hard-surfaced areas to green spaces. As it can be expected urban populations will increase even further in the future, the importance of urban nature will thus increase. This book, therefore, is essential for urban planners. And, as an interdisciplinary approach is applied, i.e. natural science and social and political sciences, the text should also be useful for a wide range of students in the physical planning field, e.g. architect or landscape architect students, as well as biologist students.

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Ulf G. Sandström, PhD: Studied Biology at Uppsala University and Örebro University. Member of the multidisciplinary research group Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Örebro. Researcher at the Swedish EIA Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.

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