Can Cities Drive Ecosystem Restoration: An Exploration of Innovative Land-Use Strategies

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2024) | Viewed by 273

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College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Interests: community based development; urban sustainability; urban food systems; urban agriculture; PAR
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College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities are often plagued by a history of unsustainable land-use practices that have left large swathes of land polluted, while ecosystems and the services they provide have been pushed out and into peri-urban and rural areas outside of metropolitan areas. This also makes cities and peri-urban areas some of the most important areas of focus to improve unsustainable land-use practices and to recover lost ecosystem services. There is, in fact, wide agreement that cities and metropolitan areas must themselves become more sustainable and resilient in order to improve overall sustainability and alleviate development pressures on suburban and rural communities.

Some have argued that green infrastructure and urban agriculture projects are ideally suited to pursue the goal of urban and peri-urban ecosystems restoration. Others have argued that these solutions tend to be over-technical and in conflict with objectives that seek to bring nature back into densely populated urban spaces. Yet, others would argue that urban land-use policies are too disjointed to achieve the goal of eco-systems restoration and must adopt ‘Gestalt’ approaches that emphasize the whole rather than the parts of urban sustainability that are commonly defined by separate administrative units from transportation to waste management, economic development, and more.

This Special Issue seeks contributions from all of the different perspectives on urban eco-systems restoration with the goal of further exploring what land-use strategies are currently under way or proposed and to assess their success potential. We invite contributions from any academic field, as well as contributions that seek to explore the compensatory role of peri-urban and rural land-use strategies intended to support the restoration of urban ecosystem services.

Prof. Dr. Sabine O'hara
Dr. Golnar Ahmadi
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  • ecosystem restoration
  • ecosystem services
  • urban sustainability
  • urban resilience
  • sustainable land-use
  • urban land-use
  • Gestalt theory

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