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