Special Issue "Improving Life in a Changing Urban Environment through Nature-based Solutions and Biophilic Design"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).
Interests: nature-based solutions; landscape restoration; sustainable development; climate change adaptation; green infrastructure; environmental justice; carbon neutral cities
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Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century. Consequently, air pollution is a major concern worldwide, due to its direct consequences for human health, as well as its additional impacts on climate. According to projections of the United Nations, the urban population is expected to reach almost 7 billion by 2050. 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. To address these issues, a paradigm shift towards sustainable development for new and existing urban areas is needed, along with multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that enhance users’ experience, comfort, health, and wellbeing, and in harmony with natural ecosystems, reconnecting urban dwellers to nature.
Nature-based solutions based on the restoration of ecosystems and urban green infrastructure can improve air quality through the removal of air pollutants and carbon sequestration and by reducing energy needs and pollutant emissions through natural cooling and active mobility.
Nature-based solutions also deliver multiple benefits related to health and wellbeing, biodiversity, urban regeneration, urban thermal environment, water management, and climate adaptation/mitigation.
In this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics: Nature-based solutions for carbon neutral cities and improved air quality; biophilic design; landscape urbanism; urban regeneration; climate change adaptation and mitigation.
We encourage contributions that present successful cases of designing healthier, greener, resilient cities, with better living conditions for all, improved air and water quality, enhanced human health and wellbeing and improved mobility conditions.
We encourage contributions that demonstrate successful cases of increasing city resilience to climate change thanks to the implementation of nature-based solutions.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Panagopoulos
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Nature-based solutions
- carbon-neutral cities
- air quality
- carbon sequestration
- biophilic design
- landscape urbanism
- urban regeneration
- climate change adaptation
- climate change mitigation
- health and wellbeing
- urban forestry
- green infrastructure