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Land use planning as a tool for balancing the scientific and the social in biodiversity and ecosystem services mainstreaming? The case of Durban, South Africa.

Shih, Wan-Yu; Mabon, Leslie

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Wan-Yu Shih



Abstract

This paper evaluates the role of land use planning, especially open space systems, in mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) at the urban level. Whilst there is increasing interest in BES mainstreaming to balance environmental protection with socio-economic development, there is also concern that BES thinking deflects attention from underlying social justice questions. Through the case study of Durban, South Africa - often held as an exemplar in BES mainstreaming - we argue open space systems can offer a pathway to BES mainstreaming that is both scientifically effective and socially just. Yet what makes this possible in Durban, we argue, is (a) a robust scientific evidence base deployed reflexively and sensitively; (b) a move towards explicit emphasis on providing benefits of BES to the most vulnerable people; and (c) supportive policy frameworks plus the presence of biodiversity managers able to navigate the political as well as scientific landscape.

Citation

SHIH, W.-Y. and MABON, L. 2018. Land- use planning as a tool for balancing the scientific and the social in biodiversity and ecosystem services mainstreaming? The case of Durban, South Africa. Journal of environmental planning and management [online], 61(13), pages 2338-2357. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2017.1394277

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 11, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 14, 2017
Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 15, 2018
Journal Journal of environmental planning and management
Print ISSN 0964-0568
Electronic ISSN 1360-0559
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 13
Pages 2338-2357
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2017.1394277
Keywords Durban; Environmental mainstreaming; Ecosystem services; Open space system; Urban planning
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2547

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