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Co-existing With Wildlife in Cities

A Literature Review on Nature-Inclusive Urban Development

With a rapid increase in urbanization across the globe, it is important to understand how this affects biodiversity, from a conservational point of view. The potential of urban environments for biodiversity is widely recognized and has caused an increasing interest on the part of (landscape) architects, planners and urban designers to construct more nature-inclusive urban developments to enhance biodiversity in cities. The report presents a pioneer study on the evidence and current state of the academic literature on nature-inclusive urban development. It addresses the main arguments to include nature in the urban development, discusses different spatial scenarios for implementation including building, plot, block, street and district level measures that can be used, and reflects upon the way forward in nature-inclusive urban development.

Author: Veerle B. Vink

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