Viewpoints: Nature-based solutions for cities: A new tool for sustainable urban land development?

shutterstock_287030588 (1)Dagmar Haase
Humboldt University, Germany

Nature-based Solutions (NBS) are living solutions inspired and supported by the use of natural processes and structures, and are designed to address various environmental challenges in an efficient and adaptable manner, while simultaneously providing economic, social, and environmental benefits (European Commission, 2015). The core idea of NBS is to use the benefits of ecosystem services to prevent a system from crossing a certain threshold/tipping point, such as critical air temperatures, water shortages. or water levels that could lead to dangerous flooding. Continue reading

New Book on Urban Landscape Ecology

 

Urban Landscape Ecology: Science, policy and practice
Edited by Robert A. Francis, James D.A. Millington, and Michael A. Chadwick

This book brings together examples of research at the cutting edge of urban landscape ecology across multiple contexts that investigate the state, maintenance and restoration of healthy and functional natural environments across urban and peri-urban landscapes. An explicit focus is on urban landscapes in contrast to other books which have considered urban ecosystems and ecology without specific focus on spatial connections. It integrates research and perspectives from across academia, public and private practitioners of urban conservation, planning and design. It provides a much needed summary of current thinking on how urban landscapes can provide the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal well-being.

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UGEC Channel on YouTube

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UGEC is now on YouTube!  Our channel has playlists for our 2010 and 2014 conference plenary sessions, as well as lectures, talks, and discussions featuring members of our Scientific Steering Committee, Project Associates, and others. You can also find the video of our recent UGEC Symposium held at Arizona State University in February 2016.

If you would like to add any videos to our UGEC Network playlist, email links to UGEC Project Coordinator Mark Watkins

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Call for Abstracts: Special Issue on Sustainable Land Management

Special Issue of Environmental Research Letters: “Focus on Cross-scale Feedbacks in Sustainable Land Management”

Guest Editors:

Ralf Seppelt Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Peter Verburg VU Amsterdam
Albert Norström Stockholm Resilience Centre
Wolfgang Cramer Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology
Tomas Vaclavik Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and Palacky University Olomouc

Deadline: November 30, 2016

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Postdoctoral Fellowship with UREx SRN


URExSRNPostdoctoral Fellowship (Transitions and Implementation) in Urban Resilience to Weather-related Extreme Events

Location: Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Closes: May 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4 hours)

Description: Under the supervision of Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson, Clark Miller, and Charles Redman, the Transitions and Implementation Postdoctoral Fellow will work with the UREx SRN Transitions and Implementation Working Group to support research and practice on urban transitions in nine network cities.

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Position available in Human Geography at University of Regina

Geography & Environmental Studies – Lecturer (Human Geography)
University of Regina

Location: Saskatchewan

The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a one-year term appointment at the level of Lecturer. Anticipated date of commencement is 1 July 2016 with an end date of 30 June 2017.

Review of applications will begin on 15 May 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Continue reading

Viewpoints: The informal as the “city” in urban Africa: Experience from Kampala

Shuaib Lwasa
Makerere University, Uganda

shutterstock_129730406 (1)Cities in developing countries have grappled with spatial planning, infrastructure, housing and, more recently, fragmented and “runaway” development. Spatial plans largely remain at a strategic level and less at the neighborhood scale, where there is a disjuncture between the envisioned urban layout and the actual development (Lwasa, 2013). The coupling of these multiple challenges has rendered planning a failure, resulting in a continued organic development of “informal” cities with diverse infrastructure and services that contrast with centralized systems used as the benchmark for measuring progress of a formal city. In this article, I postulate that the “informal city” is actually the city. Continue reading

Call for Abstracts: N-AERUS Conference

The 17th annual Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanization in the South (N-AERUS) Conference: “Governing, Planning and Managing the City in an Uncertain World. Comparative Perspectives on Everyday Practices”, will take place at the School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden from 17-19 November, 2016.

This conference strives to gather scholars and practitioners interested in exploring the everyday practices of both those who are involved in the governance, planning and management of cities, and those who are building the city from below. In the current context of political, financial, environmental, social and economic uncertainty, the conference also opens up for discussions revolving around issues of mobility, migration, segregation and integration in both global North and global South cities. Continue reading

Viewpoints: Rapid urban growth in mountainous regions: The case of Nainital, India

Prakash C. Tiwari
Kumaon University, India

Bhagwati Joshi
Government Post Graduate College, India

shutterstock_362847104 (1)Mountain ecosystems, particularly in developing and underdeveloped regions, are experiencing rapid, unplanned and unregulated urban-growth. Recently, less accessible areas of the Himalaya region in India have begun to urbanize due to the extension of the road network, growth in tourism, and economic globalization. The sprawling urban growth in these fragile mountains and the resultant land use intensification have disrupted the hydrological systems of urban areas, and have consequently increased the susceptibility of anthropogenically-modified slopes to recurrent slope failures, landslides, and flash floods. Moreover, climate change has stressed urban ecosystems by increasing the frequency, severity, and intensity of extreme weather events. Continue reading