Cities benefit in a myriad of ways from the biodiversity within and outside their boundaries. Enjoying a variety of tasty foods in our meals or obtaining spiritual comfort form contemplating a landscape are just some examples of the benefits urban residents obtain from ecosystems. However, urbanization is contributing to biodiversity loss worldwide, and many city dwellers lack access to its benefits. In a world becoming rapidly urban, cities must address the biodiversity challenge for the well-being of their residents and the sustainability of the planet.
This booklet provides a novel approach to how cities can reverse negative biodiversity influences, focusing on the Japanese city of Kanazawa, where traditions have forged a unique connection between local landscapes and peoples’ lifestyles. By looking at the linkages between local culture and biodiversity, sustainable use patterns can be more easily identified and effectively implemented into policies leading to biodiversity-friendly production-consumption networks. The Kanazawa study shows how culture and nature are (and have been) deeply connected, shaping tastes, preferences and ultimately behaviors and attitudes. For cities to successfully address the biodiversity challenge, culture matters.
2011, B5, 72 pages
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