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Urban Green Commons—from Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin to Cape Town

Urban Green Commons—from Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin to Cape Town

Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 6.01.45 PMWith colleagues at Stockholm Resilience Centre and Wageningen University we have just published a new article “Urban Green Commons” in the journal Global Environmental Change. It gathers field work on ‘green urban commons’ from three different cities, Stockholm, Berlin and Cape Town, and from various sites in The Netherlands. This work was part of our SUPER project that started some years back. We write in the abstract:


Applying a property-rights analytic perspective, we synthesize information on urban green commons from three case-study regions in Sweden, Germany,

and South Africa, and elaborate on their role for biodiversity conservation in urban settings [and] while a range of political questions circumscribe the feasibility of urban green commons, we discuss their usefulness in management of different types of urban habitats, their political justification and limitation, their potential for improved biodiversity conservation, and conditions for their emergence. We conclude by postulating some general policy advice.


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