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Kowarik, I, Fischer, LK and Kendal, D ORCID: 0000-0003-2816-1722 2020 , 'Biodiversity conservation and sustainable urban development' , Sustainability, vol. 12, no. 12 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.3390/su12124964.

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Urbanization is a major driver of environmental change and is closely linked to the future of biodiversity. Cities can host a high richness of plants and animals, and this urban biodiversity supports multiple regulating, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services. Developing biodiversity-friendly cities is thus inextricably linked to sustainable urban development and human wellbeing. The contributions to this Special Issue on “Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Urban Development” in the journal Sustainability illustrate the role of urban environments as pressures on biodiversity, and envision pathways towards developing more biodiverse urban environments that are accepted and supported by people. Contributions reveal promising opportunities for conserving biodiversity within many urban landscapes. The insights from this Special Issue can support urban conservation policies and their implementation in the development of sustainable cities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kowarik, I and Fischer, LK and Kendal, D
Keywords: biodiversity conservation, conservation policies, biodiversity-friendly management, nature-based solutions, socio-ecological systems, urbanization, urban biodiversity
Journal or Publication Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/su12124964
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