Green Economic Growth Based on Urban Ecology and Biodiversity

Green Economic Growth Based on Urban Ecology and Biodiversity

José G. Vargas-Hernández (University Center for Economic and Managerial Sciences, University of Guadalajara, Mexico)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4915-5.ch003
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Abstract

This chapter has the objective to analyze the urban ecology, the biological diversity or biodiversity, and their adaptive cycle as the fundamentals of green economic growth. The analysis begins questioning the implications that some assumptions of urban ecology and biodiversity, such as the socio-ecosystems, resilience, ecosystem services, and adaptive cycle have on the creation of green economic growth. A series of different dimensions of resilience are proposed as subsystems that contribute to the general resilience of a system. The method used is the analytical based on a review of the conceptual and theoretical literature. This analysis concludes that the connectivity of processes and functions of urban ecology and biodiversity are relevant to the creation of green economic growth in terms of green economic value.
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Urban Ecology

The evolution sciences and the ecology of large urban systems assumes elasticity and springing back and do not assume deterministic trajectories and endpoints of ecological systems. Social and ecological systems are coupled and interdependent. Review of urban ecology focusing on land-use ecological combinations suggested by ecological premises to promote biodiversity, are based on the synergistically interactions of constituent land uses supporting biodiversity when clusteres and intercepted in an urban matrix (Calkins, 2005). In ecology, meta is a regional landscape community dynamics of population in scattered and patchy locations. An urbanmeta-mosaic comprises landscapes describing matter, organisms, energy and information flows, landscapes of social, evolved or political choices; and the spatial outcomes of the choices and flows.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Resilience: Is the ability of human beings to adapt positively to adverse situations

Adaptive Cycle: The adaptive cycle, initially raised by Holling in 1986, is a metaphor for describing four phases that commonly occur in the processes of changing complex systems as a result of their internal dynamics and external influence: growth, conservation, liberation, or creative destruction. and reorganization

Urban Ecology: It is a discipline whose object of study is the interrelationships between the inhabitants of an urban agglomeration and their multiple interactions with the environment.

Biodiversity: Diversity of plant and animal species that live in a given space.

Green Economic: That which leads to the improvement of human well-being and social equality, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcity.

Growth: It is the increase in the income or value of the goods and services that are generated in the economy of a country or region.

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