Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Application and Exploration of the City Biodiversity Index through a Case Study of the City of Starkville, Mississippi
by Moma, Leslie Rhea, M.L.A., Mississippi State University, 2017, 240; 10642928
Abstract (Summary)

During the 21st century, more people will reside in cities than in rural areas for the first time in human history. As cities expand to accommodate their growing population, pressure is mounting on local biodiversity and the ecosystems they support. This promoted the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in collaboration with the City of Singapore to develop a biodiversity index specifically for cities. In 2014, the final draft of the City Biodiversity Index was released. Twenty-three indicators comprise three categories that assess: native biodiversity, ecosystem services, and municipal support for local biodiversity. A case-study was designed for Starkville, MS to better understand the merits of the index and its application to small rural town planning. The research illuminated the breadth and flexibility of the index across multiple scales and the availability of local resources to deliver a meaningful biodiversity analysis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brzuszek, Robert F., Schauwacker, Timothy J.
Commitee: Hill, JoVonn G., Rodgers, John, Walker, Jason B.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Landscape Architecture
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 57/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Geography, Landscape architecture
Keywords: Biodiversity conservation, City Biodiversity Index, Landscape architecture, Singapore Index, Urban ecology, Urban planning
Publication Number: 10642928
ISBN: 9780355569469
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