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Urban Geography in South Africa Cities—Where People and Ecology Meet

Urban Geography in South Africa : Cities—Where People and Ecology Meet [Urban ecology as a discipline has progressed far beyond only scientific approaches and is now framed by understandings that interweave social, political, philosophical, natural and management sciences. Recent advances include urban ecology as part of complex social-ecological systems with active roles in achieving global sustainable development goals and city resilience and inquiries into socio-political processes that drive unequal urbanisation. Urbanisation is one of the key features of our current and future world. The consequences of a world population that is fast turning predominantly urban alongside unprecedented loss of natural ecosystems—humanity’s supporting pillars—are not yet fully understood. Moreover, the dynamics between intensifying urban development, socio-political patterns and ecosystem functioning also remain uncertain. Despite these changes, urban spaces can potentially contribute to ecological richness.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Urban Geography in South Africa Cities—Where People and Ecology Meet

Part of the GeoJournal Library Book Series
Editors: Massey, Ruth; Gunter, Ashley

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-25368-4
Pages
97 –119
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25369-1_7
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Urban ecology as a discipline has progressed far beyond only scientific approaches and is now framed by understandings that interweave social, political, philosophical, natural and management sciences. Recent advances include urban ecology as part of complex social-ecological systems with active roles in achieving global sustainable development goals and city resilience and inquiries into socio-political processes that drive unequal urbanisation. Urbanisation is one of the key features of our current and future world. The consequences of a world population that is fast turning predominantly urban alongside unprecedented loss of natural ecosystems—humanity’s supporting pillars—are not yet fully understood. Moreover, the dynamics between intensifying urban development, socio-political patterns and ecosystem functioning also remain uncertain. Despite these changes, urban spaces can potentially contribute to ecological richness.]

Published: Aug 18, 2019

Keywords: Urban ecology; Environmental change; Social-ecological systems; Sustainable development; Resilience

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