One of the things about cities is that they are paradoxical– they represent hot spots of vulnerability, but also hot spots of social-ecological innovation.
Greening in the Red Zone: Urban biodiversity as opportunity in post-disaster & post-conflict contexts
Greening in the Red Zone:Urban biodiversity as opportunity in post-disaster & post-conflict contextsKeith G. TidballCornell UniversityCivic Ecology LabPresented at Rio +20 June 2012 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Urban biodiversity is important in thepost - disaster and post - conflict context Greening can enable or enhance recovery from disaster or conflict in situations where community members actively participate in greening, which in turn results in measurable benefits for themselves, their community, and the environment. • Urgent biophilia- individual health & wellbeing • Environmental peacemaking – societal • Restart social-ecological systems processes • Disaster prevention- developing self-reliance • Reconstruction and restoration of “sense of place” • Social healing and social movement • Environmental sustainability
Pre-disaster? Climate change adaptation? • Learn from these examples • Build anticipatory resilience • More green now is buffering capacity • More green now is investments in: • Sources of resilience • Reserves of social-ecological memory • “turn-key” restarts of urban ecosystem functions & processes • More green now is smart- multi-functionality- unlock several benefits on the same spatial area. • increases resilience • reduces vulnerability • restores natural capital
Green spaces & greening represent opportunitiesfor recognizing the value of urban biodiversity inurban vulnerability, urban preparedness, andurban climate change adaptation.Thank you!