The coexistence of amenity and biodiversity in urban landscapes

Ives, C and Kelly, A 2016, 'The coexistence of amenity and biodiversity in urban landscapes', Landscape Research, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 495-509.

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Title The coexistence of amenity and biodiversity in urban landscapes
Author(s) Ives, C
Kelly, A
Year 2016
Journal name Landscape Research
Volume number 41
Issue number 5
Start page 495
End page 509
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Amenity is a long-standing component of town planning and municipal governance. Biodiversity is a far more recent concept, yet interpreting the conservation mandate in a local context is a significant challenge for landscape and urban planners. This article explores the concepts of amenity and biodiversity and investigates their compatibility in an urbanising world. Their historical expression in law and urban planning is considered, and empirical research on the links between human well-being, green environments and biodiversity is reviewed. We argue that amenity is an underutilised vehicle for achieving biodiversity goals in line with new urban greening paradigms because of its long-standing currency with planning professionals. However, conflict between biodiversity and amenity can arise in practice, depending on a city's social-ecological context. These challenges can be overcome through setting clear objectives, utilising scientific evidence, engaging with local communities and ensuring landscape policy is sufficiently flexible to accommodate local needs and characteristics.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) amenity
landscape aesthetics
local government
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01426397.2015.1081161
Copyright notice © 2015 Landscape Research Group Ltd
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