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Resilient ecological solutions for urban regeneration

Hale, James and Sadler, Jon (2012) Resilient ecological solutions for urban regeneration. Engineering Sustainability, 165 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 1478-4629

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URL of Published Version: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/issue/ensu/165/1

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1680/ensu.2012.165.1.59

There is a need for biological conservation at the global scale, and urban conservation has the potential to support the delivery of this wider goal. Despite historic trends, efforts are underway to protect and enhance the quality, quantity and accessibility of green infrastructure within cities, including biodiversity features within new developments. However, there are questions over their long-term persistence and function. This paper applies an urban futures resilience analysis to a case study site to illustrate how such concerns may be explored and addressed in practice. The analysis identifies vulnerable sustainability solutions and clarifies the aspects that may be improved. The results suggest that the resilience of these solutions is questionable, even though resilience has clearly been considered. In particular, future compliance with, and enforcement of, planning conditions is questionable. The resilience of these ecological solutions may be improved by including some redundancy, designing for low maintenance, incorporating microclimate buffers and locating features in areas unlikely to be subject to future disturbance. The establishment of endowment funds or other dedicated funding mechanisms should also be explored. The paper also recommends that a futures-based resilience analysis be included within the development planning process.

Type of Work:Article
Date:01 March 2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects:GE Environmental Sciences
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Institution of Civil Engineers
ID Code:1157
Refereed:YES
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