By Norbert Muller, P. Werner, J. G. Kelcey

With the continuous progress of the world's city inhabitants, biodiversity in cities and towns will play a severe position in international biodiversity. this is often the 1st e-book to supply an summary of foreign advancements in city biodiversity and sustainable layout. It brings jointly the perspectives, reviews and services of top scientists and architects from the industrialized and pre-industrialized international locations from Read more...

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Urban areas are complex hot spots and melting pots for regional biodiversity. Urban biodiversity can contribute significantly to the quality of life in an increasingly urban global society. Urban biodiversity is the only biodiversity that many people directly experience. Experiencing urban biodiversity will be the key to halt the loss of global biodiversity, because people are more likely to take action for biodiversity if they have direct contact with nature. The task of considering urban biodiversity is urgent as it is facing serious threat due to increasing human population in cities which results in higher user pressure on existing green areas and the expansion of residential areas and infrastructure.

Wittig, p. 239. Fischer, Jena. -D. (2005) Diversit¨at der Zierpflanzen in D¨orfern und St¨adten. Conturec, 1, 59–70. , Brandl, R. & Klotz, S. (2004) The flora of German cities is naturally species rich. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 6, 749–764. K¨ummerling, M. & M¨uller, N. (2008) Park an der Ilm’ – Weimar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Historical landscape gardens in Central Europe as early heritages for the development of ecological designed parks. BfN Skripten, 229(2), 27–43. Landolt, E. (2000) Some results of a floristic inventory within the city of Z¨urich (1984-1988).

Weeds which mainly evolved in European cities and have a worldwide distribution today in cities (M¨uller, 2005a) include: Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album), Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), Mouse Barley (Hordeum murinum), Common Plantain (P. ). 18 Norbert Muller ¨ and Peter Werner The evolutionary processes have been observed in cities with increasing frequency during recent times, mainly as the consequence of the introduction of non-native species. Sukopp et al.

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