Human-nature for climate action: Nature-based solutions for urban sustainability


Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 10:47am
Fink H.S., Sustainability (Switzerland), 2016

The global climate change agenda proceeds at an incremental pace while the Earth is approaching critical tipping points in its development trajectory. Climate action at this pinnacle juncture needs to be greatly accelerated and rooted in the fundamentals of the problem-human beings' disconnection from nature. This paper underscores the valuable role nature and nature-based solutions can play in addressing climate change at the city scale and its implications for broader sustainability. Urban ecosystems (nature in cities) are seen as an integral part of a proposed local climate action rubric wherein policy measures and integrated planning guide lowcarbon/impact development to create more resilient and sustainable urban environments. The use of green infrastructure is highlighted as a cost-effective means to contribute to mitigation and adaptation needs as well as to promote human wellbeing. The paper takes an exploratory view of the influence of ecosystem services, particularly cultural services, and its economics in relation to the individual and society to understand howbiophilia can be nurtured to promote environmental stewardship and climate action. © 2016 by the authors.

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Fink, H.S., 2016. Human-nature for climate action: Nature-based solutions for urban sustainability. Sustain. 8. doi:10.3390/su8030254
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