Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Challenges"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017).
Interests: urban ecosystems; nature-based solutions; impact assessment; environmental justice; ecosystem services; spatial planning; multi-criteria analysis
Nature-based solutions (NBS) are broadly defined as the use of nature and ecological functions to address societal challenges. In urban areas, NBS are receiving increasing attention to tackle issues such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, population health, food security, and natural disasters. NBS in cities include, for example, green areas and corridors, ponds for phytoremediation, sustainable urban drainage systems, green roofs and walls, interventions to reduce soil sealing and to increase ventilation. Evidence is needed to improve our understanding of the range of economic, social, and environmental benefits provided by NBS in urban areas, as well as to promote their inclusion in urban planning and decision-making processes.
This Special Issue aims at constructing a first body of knowledge to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated to the development of NBS in urban areas. Papers are sought that critically examine the advantages and disadvantages of NBS, by presenting pilot applications, desk-top reviews of case studies, proposal of analytical methods and tools. Examples of topics of interests include:
- Co-benefits and trade-off associated to NBS in urban environments;
- Cost-effectiveness of NBS, particularly vis-à-vis more traditional approaches, such as “gray” infrastructures;
- Inclusion of NBS in urban planning and design, policy formulation and other decision-making processes;
- NBS to improve urban life and create more livable urban environment;
- NBS for brownfield regeneration and revitalization of fringe or marginal areas;
- Scalability of NBS;
- Disservices and limitations associated to NBS;
- Flexibility of NBS to fit different ecological and climatic conditions, as well as planning and governance mechanisms.
Dr. Davide Geneletti
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- ecosystem services
- ecosystem-based adaptation
- nature-based solutions
- urban well-being