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Restoration of Degraded Urban Ecosystems for Healthy Cities – Developing technical and scientific references for Nature-Based solutions

Xing, Y. and Jones, P. and Ormondroyd, G.A. and Curling, S.F. (2015) Restoration of Degraded Urban Ecosystems for Healthy Cities – Developing technical and scientific references for Nature-Based solutions. In: International Conference – Environment at a CrossrOads: SMART approaches for a sustainable future, Bucharest, Romania, November 12-15, 2015..

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Abstract

Significant areas of ecosystems are being lost or degraded as a result of human activities. There is growing concern for the health of urban populations as cities sprawl at an unprecedented rate. Urban green infrastructures provide a notable range of environmental remediation benefits, and pioneering health policy is recognizing nature as a cost-effective tool for planning healthy cities. It is general recognized that ecosystems can provide air/water purification, soil erosion protection, flood damage control, carbon sequestration and recreational facilities (green gym) that contribute to human well-being, economic stability and physical security. However, there is limited information on how specific elements of nature deliver health outcomes. In this study, we developed a framework for identifying pathways through which nature bring environmental remediation benefits, and highlight current evidence, established measurement methods and future research needs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > The BioComposites Centre
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 03:14
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 03:40
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6102
Publisher: University of Bucharest
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