Urban areas and the biosphere reserve concept

Authored by: Pete Frost , Glen Hyman

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415


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Recent decades have been marked by great advances in our knowledge of how urban systems function within – and indeed form central components of – their ecological contexts. The preceding chapters in this volume demonstrate the breadth and depth of this knowledge – the complexity of which, quite understandably, does not easily translate into scale-appropriate public policy. Yet, as unabated urbanization continues, cities increasingly serve as the front line of our global efforts to protect biological diversity, and more generally, to manage the impacts of global change. In many instances, the approach offered by UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve concept can help urban decision makers better integrate science into their policies, leading to better informed action, more liveable cities and healthier environments. This chapter will detail this potential for applying the Biosphere Reserve concept to urban areas, provide examples of this concept at-work in a variety of urbanized settings, and discuss some challenges and opportunities for the future.

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