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Reference Category Book chapters
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_867
Title (Primary) Sustainable landscape design, urban forestry and green roof science and technology, introduction
Title (Secondary) Encyclopedia of sustainability science and technology
Author Haase, D.
Publisher Meyers, R.A.
Year 2012
Department CLE; SUSOZ
Volume Vol. 14
Page From 10356
Page To 10360
Language englisch
UFZ inventory Leipzig, Bibliothek, Hauptlesesaal, Vol. 14 Sol-Sz, 00497787, 14-0905 DK: Lex 504.06.002(03) Enc; Online-Version des Gesamtwerkes auch vorhanden
A sustainable landscape is a healthy and resilient landscape that will endure over the long term, which can be achieved by including the five basic principles in landscape management: resource conservation, built development, environmental quality, social equity, and political participation. That means that in sustainable landscapes, ideally, humans and nature represent coevolving systems that interact within the bounds of the geosphere (including biosphere, atmosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, etc.) at various temporal and spatial scales and across scales – from the field to the region, or nations, continents, or even globally. The natural functions and ecosystem processes of the sustainable landscape are able to absorb disturbances, retain its basic functions and thus maintain themselves into the future. The need to achieve such sustainable environments in the future should be the driving force changing the way we live and work in the present and future centuries. Climate change and global warming, loss and fragmentation of habitats and biodiversity, decline in water quality and availability, pollution of the atmosphere and large-scale soil sealing, and salinization all point toward a need for behavior change in all sectors of our world. To feed our growing population, extensive agricultural use of the landscape is needed, which contributes to a large extent to some of these aforementioned environmental problems. But also urban landscapes are resource-hungry, requiring significant inputs of energy, water, nutrients, and chemicals while many of our plant selections and practices are unsuited to our environments. The result is all too often lush and green parks and gardens that are thirsty, hungry, deplete the soil, allow invasive plants to escape, use unsustainable materials, contribute to waterway contamination, and provide limited habitat for native fauna. To achieve landscape sustainability and to ensure a healthy future, especially agricultural and urban landscapes need to be more efficient in their use of resources and work with the given ecological and climatic conditions rather than against them.
Persistent UFZ Identifier
Haase, D. (2012):
Sustainable landscape design, urban forestry and green roof science and technology, introduction
In: Meyers, R.A. (ed.)
Encyclopedia of sustainability science and technology
Vol. 14
Springer, New York, p. 10356 - 10360 10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_867