Shifting roles of urban green space in the context of urban development and global change

Derkzen, Marthe L. and Nagendra, Harini and Teeffelen, Astrid JAvan (2017) Shifting roles of urban green space in the context of urban development and global change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 29. pp. 32-39.

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Abstract

Green space in cities is important, but not always and everywhere for the same reasons. Based on literature review and empirical evidence, we describe transformations in the roles of urban green space (UGS) across time and place using the ecosystem services concept. Urban development and societal change affect the degree of UGS functionality via different trajectories like degradation, revalorization and community action. We explain triggers of different trajectories of change and emerging trade-offs within society. An improved understanding of the shifting roles of UGS can guide urban planning and prioritize designs that fit current and future demand. Research on UGS and ecosystem services should more strongly connect to the development of urban lifestyles in diverse contexts, expose trade-offs between beneficiaries, and explore options for adaptive governance.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Derkzen, Marthe L. and Nagendra, Harini and Teeffelen, Astrid JAvan
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global Change, Urban development, Urban policy.
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology > Ecology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Full Text Status: Restricted
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/296
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2017.10.001

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