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Thomas Elmqvist, Charles L. Redman, Stephan Barthel and Robert Costanza (2013) History of Urbanization and the Missing Ecology, in: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (Thomas Elmqvist et al. (Eds.)), Springer Open, pp. 13-30
In this chapter, we explore the historical dimension of urbanization and why the ecology of urbanization has, until recently, been missing. We discuss the consequences of this for our perceptions of urbanization throughout history and also discuss the emerging reintroduction of ecology and the concept of natural capital into the global discourse on urbanization and sustainability. Humans and the institutions they devise for th...
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Belinda Reyers, Reinette Biggs, Graeme S Cumming, Thomas Elmqvist, Adam P Hejnowicz, and Stephen Polasky 2013. Getting the measure of ecosystem services: a social–ecological approach. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 268–273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/120144
Despite growing interest and investment in ecosystem services across global science and policy arenas, it remains unclear how ecosystem services – and particularly changes in those services – should be measured. The social and ecological factors, and their interactions, that create and alter ecosystem services are inherently complex. Measuring and managing ecosystem services requires a sophisticated systems-based approach th...
Elmqvist, T., Redman, C.L., Barthel, S., Costanza, R. 2013. History of urbanization and the missing ecology. In Elmqvist, T, Fragkias, M, Goodness, J, Güneralp, B, Marcotullio, PJ, McDonald, RI Parnell, S, Schewenius, M, Sendstad, M, Seto, KC, Wilkinson, C. (Eds.) Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, Dordrecht.
In this chapter, we explore the historical dimension of urbanization and why the ecology of urbanization has, until recently, been missing. We discuss the consequences of this for our perceptions of urbanization throughout history and also discuss the emerging reintroduction of ecology and the concept of natural capital into the global discourse on urbanization and sustainability. Humans and the institutions they devise for ...
Elmqvist, T, Fragkias, M, Goodness, J, Güneralp, B, Marcotullio, PJ, McDonald, RI Parnell, S, Schewenius, M, Sendstad, M, Seto, KC, Wilkinson, C. (Eds.) Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, Dordrecht.
This is the world's first global assessment of the effects of urbanization on biodiversity and ecosystem services. It presents the latest state-of-the-art of urbanization, and identifies crucial knowledge gaps that need to be bridged. It also develops a new theoretical framework for urban sustainability and resilience. The book's thirty-two chapters include global, regional and local perspectives and can be read together or as...
Nature conservation for what? Analyses of urban and rural nature reserves in Southern Sweden 1909-2006. 2013. Borgström, S, Lindborg R, Elmqvist, T. Landscape and Urban Planning, vol 113, pp. 66-80
To effectively integrate nature conservation into sustainable landscape management, it is essential to deepen the understanding of why, what, where and for whom nature is protected. This is especially important for nature conservation in human dominated landscapes such as cities, where built up and protected areas are moving closer to each other due to worldwide urbanization. In this study we analyzed historical and current ...
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Anderson, P. and T. Elmqvist 2012. Urban ecological and social-ecological research in the City of Cape Town: insights emerging from an urban ecology CityLab. Ecology and Society 17(4): 23. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05076-170423
There is an ecology that is particular to the urban (Breuste et al. 2008). Urban ecological systems are deeply situated in the functioning of society, and as such have unique drivers and selection pressures (Collins et al. 2000, Yli-Pelkonen and Niemela 2005, Sochat et al. 2006). What has emerged in recent work is a complex of in- and of- city ecologies which strive to address sustainability at multiple scales, o...
Policy brief or report
Elmqvist, T. 2012. Cities and Biodiversity Outlook- Action and Policy. UN Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity, Montreal, CAN, 66pp
Tuvendal, M., Elmqvist, T. 2012. Response strategy assessment: a tool for evaluating resilience for the management of social-ecological systems. In: Plieninger, T., Bieling, C. (eds.) Resilience and the Cultural Landscape, Cambridge University Press, 224-241
All over the world, efforts are being made to preserve landscapes facing fundamental change as a consequence of widespread agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanisation. The 'cultural landscape' and 'resilience' approaches have, until now, largely been viewed as distinct methods for understanding the effects of these dynamics and the ways in which they might be adapted or managed. This book brings together ...
Larigauderie, A., Prieur-Richard, A-H., Mace, G.M., Lonsdale, M., Mooney, H.A., Brussaard, L.,Cooper, D., Cramer, W., Daszak, P., Diaz, S., Duraiappah, A., Elmqvist, T., Faith, D.P., Jackson, L.E, Krug, C., Leadley, P.W., Le Prestre, P., Matsuda, H., Palmer, M., Perrings, C., Pulleman, M., Reyers, B., Rosa, E.A., Scholes, R. J., Spehn, E., Turner, I., Yahara, T. (2012) Biodiversity and ecosystem services science for a sustainable planet: the DIVERSITAS vision for 2012-20. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(1), 101-105
DIVERSITAS, the international programme on biodiversity science, is releasing a strategic vision presenting scientific challenges for the next decade of research on biodiversity and ecosystem services: “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Science for a Sustainable Planet". This new vision is a response of the biodiversity and ecosystem services scientific community to the accelerating loss of the components of biodiversity, ...
Seitzinger, S.P., Svedin, U., Crumley, C.L., Steffen, W., Abdullah, S.A., Alfsen, C., Broadgate, W.J., Biermann, F., Bondre, N.R., Dearing, J.A., Deutsch, L., Dhakal, S., Elmqvist, T., Farahbakhshazad, N., Gaffney, O., Haberl, H., Lavorel, S., Mbow, C., McMichael, A.J., deMorais, J.M. F., Olsson, P., Pinho, P.F., Seto, K.C, Sinclair, P., Stafford Smith, M., Sugar, L. 2012. Planetary Stewardship in an Urbanizing World: Beyond City Limits. AMBIO, 41, 787-794
Cities are rapidly increasing in importance as a major factor shaping the Earth system, and therefore, must take corresponding responsibility. With currently over half the world's population, cities are supported by resources originating from primarily rural regions often located around the world far distant from the urban loci of use. The sustainability of a city can no longer be considered in isolation from the sustainabil...
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