Urban Gardens as Multifunctional Nature-Based Solutions for Societal Goals in a Changing Climate

Cabral, Ines and Costa, Sandra and Weiland, Ulrike and Bonn, Aletta (2017) Urban Gardens as Multifunctional Nature-Based Solutions for Societal Goals in a Changing Climate. In: Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas. Springer, pp. 237-253. ISBN 978-3-319-53750-4

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Urban gardens can contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation through a range of provisioning, regulating, and cultural ecosystem services as multifunctional nature-based solutions in a city. Besides providing food, urban gardens contribute to water regulation through unsealed soils, to improved air circulation and cooling through plant transpiration and shading, offering microclimate oases to many users, such as gardeners, visitors, and immediate neighbors. In combination with other green and blue infrastructures, urban gardens can thereby help to mitigate and adapt to the urban heat island effect. They also provide important habitat for wildlife and genetic diversity. Urban gardens create opportunities for leisure and recreation and thereby promote health and well-being, as well as a sense of place, cultural identity, and social cohesion – important factors for societies to adapt to change. Exploring case studies across Europe, we discuss differences between garden types and their contribution to achieving sustainability goals for city communities.

Item Type: Book Section
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56091-5_14
Date: 3 September 2017
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
D500 Forestry
D700 Agricultural Sciences
K100 Architecture
K300 Landscape Design
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA32: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Sandra Da Costa baptista
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 14:24
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2020 14:53
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8465

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