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Cities as sustainable ecosystems: Stories of change and for change

Jennings, I. and Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 (2006) Cities as sustainable ecosystems: Stories of change and for change. In: Enviro06, 9 - 11 May 2006, Melbourne, Australia



The time is fast approaching when more than half the human population will be living in cities and most future population growth is predicted to occur in cities. Currently, many cities are growing spatially and destroying important ecosystems, and most have farreaching negative impacts on natural ecosystems and other communities well outside their immediate boundaries. Thus, transforming our cities is a key element in moving towards sustainability. This paper will discuss a framework for Cities As Sustainable Ecosystems (CASE) along with current research, which focuses on developing a story-based sustainability assessment tool for cities. Through interviews of people involved in urban sustainability initiatives, ‘stories’ of the most significant changes are collected to provide a picture of change in the city system and as a basis for exploring the dynamics of social change.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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