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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Towards a cross-sectoral view of nature-based solutions for enabling circular cities
Authors: Langergraber, Guenter
Castellar, Joana A. C.
Andersen, Theis Raaschou
Andreucci, Maria-Beatrice
Baganz, Gösta F. M.
Buttiglieri, Gianluigi
Canet-Martí, Alba
Carvalho, Pedro N.
Finger, David C.
Griessler Bulc, Tjaša
Junge, Ranka
Megyesi, Boldizsár
Milošević, Dragan
Oral, Hasan Volkan
Pearlmutter, David
Pineda-Martos, Rocío
Pucher, Bernhard
van Hullebusch, Eric D.
Atanasova, Nataša
et. al: No
DOI: 10.3390/w13172352
Published in: Water
Volume(Issue): 13
Issue: 17
Page(s): 2352
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MDPI
ISSN: 2073-4441
Language: English
Subjects: circularity challenge; Multifunctionality; Interdisciplinary; Nature-based solution; Urban sector; Sustainable urban development; Ecosystem-based management
Subject (DDC): 338: Production
Abstract: A framework developed by the COST Action Circular City (an EU-funded network of 500+ scientists from 40+ countries; COST = Cooperation in Science and Technology) for addressing Urban Circularity Challenges (UCCs) with nature-based solutions (NBSs) was analyzed by various urban sectors which refer to different fields of activities for circular management of resources in cities (i.e., reducing use of resources and production of waste). The urban sectors comprise the built environment, urban water management, resource recovery, and urban farming. We present main findings from sector analyses, discuss different sector perspectives, and show ways to overcome these differences. The results reveal the potential of NBSs to address multiple sectors, as well as multiple UCCs. While water has been identified as a key element when using NBSs in the urban environment, most NBSs are interconnected and also present secondary benefits for other resources. Using representative examples, we discuss how a holistic and systemic approach could facilitate the circular use of resources in cities. Currently, there is often a disciplinary focus on one resource when applying NBSs. The full potential of NBSs to address multifunctionality is, thus, usually not fully accounted for. On the basis of our results, we conclude that experts from various disciplines can engage in a cross-sectoral exchange and identify the full potential of NBSs to recover resources in circular cities and provide secondary benefits to improve the livelihood for locals. This is an important first step toward the full multifunctionality potential enabling of NBSs.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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