Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions for Restoration of Ecosystems and Sustainable Urban Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019) | Viewed by 56392
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Interests: nature-based solutions; landscape restoration; sustainable development; climate change adaptation; green infrastructure; environmental justice; carbon neutral cities
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Urbanization presents one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century. The global population will reach almost 10 billion by 2050 and according to revised projections of the United Nations the proportion that will live in urban areas is expected to increase from 54 to 70%. Meanwhile, unsustainable, non-resilient urbanization patterns have caused the degradation of ecosystems and their services. The need for urban growth due to the growing population has to include environmentally sustainable policies in order to address the problem in accordance with a healthy environment. This needs a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing urban areas, and multidisciplinary knowledge leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, comfort, health, wellbeing and satisfaction, and being in harmony with urban and natural ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature.
In this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics:
Nature-based solutions and the benefits of re-naturing cities; biophilic design; sustainable urban development; landscape ecological urbanism; regeneration of declining post-industrial cities; climate change adaptation and mitigation.
We encourage contributions that present successful cases of designing healthier, greener, resilient, regenerated cities, with better living conditions for all, reduced crime and security costs, improved air and water quality, enhanced human health and wellbeing, reduced health costs, improved mobility conditions, and increased social cohesion.
We encourage contributions that demonstrate successful cases of increasing city resilience to climate change and disaster risk reduction thanks to the implementation of green infrastructure (e.g., reduced flood risks, mitigated heat stress and water-related challenges).
Prof. Dr. Thomas Panagopoulos
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Nature-based solutions
- Disaster risk reduction
- Re-naturing cities
- Biophilic design
- Landscape reclamation
- Urban regeneration
- Urban planning
- Post-industrial redevelopment