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Sustainable London?The future of a global city$
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Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310594

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.001.0001

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Urban greening and sustaining urban natures in London

Urban greening and sustaining urban natures in London

(p.283) Fourteen Urban greening and sustaining urban natures in London
Sustainable London?

Franklin Ginn

Robert A. Francis

Policy Press

This chapter examines the political ecologies of wildlife conservation in London. The concerns with setting aside places for nature in the city are being supplanted by a desire to integrate ecological forms and processes as components of a connected urban ‘green infrastructure’. This includes novel forms of ecological engineering such as living walls and roofs, alongside the creation of ‘green grids’. There has also been a growing appreciation of the physical and mental health benefits of urban green space for citizens. However, the public discourse of social and ecological reconnection must be reconciled with changes in urban ecological governance. These include a decline in public control over planning and spending on restoration, and growing enthusiasm for both voluntary citizenship and public-private partnership.

Keywords:   green space, ecological governance, wildlife conservation, green infrastructure, ecological engineering

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