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Planning for sustainable urban futures: an ecological approach to sustainable urban development

Dizdaroglu, Didem, Yigitcanlar, Tan, & Dawes, Les (2011) Planning for sustainable urban futures: an ecological approach to sustainable urban development. In Green Technologies : Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. IGI Global, Hershey, Pa, pp. 1922-1932.

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Abstract

In recent years, cities have shown increasing signs of environmental problems due to the negative impacts of urban activities. The degradation and depletion of natural resources, climate change, and development pressure on green areas have become major concerns for cities. In response to these problems, urban planning policies have shifted to a sustainable focus and authorities have begun to develop new strategies for improving the quality of urban ecosystems. An extremely important function of an urban ecosystem is to provide healthy and sustainable environments for both natural systems and communities. Therefore, ecological planning is a functional requirement in the establishment of sustainable built environment. With ecological planning, human needs are supplied while natural resources are used in the most effective and sustainable manner and ecological balance is sustained. Protecting human and environmental health, having healthy ecosystems, reducing environmental pollution and providing green spaces are just a few of the many benefits of ecological planning. In this context, this chapter briefly presents a short overview of the importance of the implementation of ecological planning into sustainable urban development. Furthermore, it presents a conceptual framework for a new methodology for developing sustainable urban ecosystems through ecological planning approach.

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ID Code: 54470
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Environmental Problems, Climate Change, Urban Ecosystems, Sustainable Environments, Built Environement, Ecological Planning
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-472-1.ch806
ISBN: 9781609604738
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 IGI Global
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2012 12:46
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 01:15

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