Urban wildscapes and green spaces in mombasa and their potential contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation

Justus Kithiia*, Anna Lyth

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Well-planned urban green landscapes, including wildscapes and green spaces, have the potential to contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Yet for cities in low-income countries, the value of these urban landscapes in climate change response strategies is often disregarded and remains largely unexploited and unaccounted for. This paper discusses the potential role of urban green landscapes as a "soft engineering" climate change response strategy, and calls for the pursuance of management practices that preserve and promote the use of these urban spaces. It does so by combining theoretical arguments with an empirical example based on an innovative and novel approach to landscape rehabilitation, the Lafarge Ecosystems Programme, in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya. The paper finds that a well-managed system of green landscapes in resource-poor urban areas can generate net social benefits under a range of future scenarios. It further finds that climate change adaptation and mitigation responses can be initiated by a range of stakeholders operating at all scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-265
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • climate change adaptation
  • green infrastructure
  • mitigation
  • Mombasa
  • urban ecosystems
  • wildscapes

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