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Scale Mismatches in Management of Urban Landscapes

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dc.contributor.author Borgström, Sara T. en_US
dc.contributor.author Elmqvist, Thomas en_US
dc.contributor.author Angelstam, Per K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Alfsen-Norodom, Christine en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:56:27Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:56:27Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-09-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-09-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3033
dc.description.abstract "Urban landscapes constitute the future environment for most of the world's human population. An increased understanding of the urbanization process and of the effects of urbanization at multiple scales is, therefore, key to ensuring human well-being. In many conventional natural resource management regimes, incomplete knowledge of ecosystem dynamics and institutional constraints often leads to institutional management frameworks that do not match the scale of ecological patterns and processes. In this paper, we argue that scale mismatches are particularly pronounced in urban landscapes. Urban green spaces provide numerous important ecosystem services to urban citizens, and the management of these urban green spaces, including recognition of scales, is crucial to the well-being of the citizens. From a qualitative study of the current management practices in five urban green spaces within the Greater Stockholm Metropolitan Area, Sweden, we found that 1) several spatial, temporal, and functional scales are recognized, but the cross-scale interactions are often neglected, and 2) spatial and temporal meso-scales are seldom given priority. One potential effect of the neglect of ecological cross-scale interactions in these highly fragmented landscapes is a gradual reduction in the capacity of the ecosystems to provide ecosystem services. Two important strategies for overcoming urban scale mismatches are suggested: 1) development of an integrative view of the whole urban social-ecological landscape, and 2) creation of adaptive governance systems to support practical management." en_US
dc.subject management en_US
dc.subject scale en_US
dc.subject urban forestry en_US
dc.title Scale Mismatches in Management of Urban Landscapes en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector Urban Commons en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 11 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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