Sustainable Rural and Urban Ecosystems: Design, Implementation and Operation

Manual for Practice and Study

Editors: Geller, Gunther, Glücklich, Detlef (Eds.)

  • Details the holistic and integrative design, implementation and operation of human-settlement ecosystems
  • Concisely introduces the subject of human ecosystems, via an integrative approach
  • Proposes recommendations, methods and easy adaptable tools for practitioners
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These days human beings have a profound influence on aspects of the planetary ecosystem, e.g. on climate change and biodiversity, to name only two.  This manual is intended to help practitioners, who are dealing with human-based rural and urban settlement-ecosystems, in the key steps towards their realization (design, implementation, and operation) and helpful for all, who are concerned about ensuring their practical sustainability. The ecosystem-approach is holistic and integrative, encompassing various disciplines like architecture, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, social sciences, life sciences, ecology, and management. It also considers issues such as energy-savings, ecological cycles, reuse, natural resources, socio-cultural background, real participation, and holistic quality management. Thus it not only explains the general concept, the steps of realization and the respective involved stakeholders, but also gives hints and tools for practitioners.

The information, recommendations and tools are directed to the following target groups, among others:
• Local planning authorities (giving hints for the procedure and the involved stakeholders)
• Designers (holistic approach, procedures, tools)
• Regulatory bodies, licensing and financing authorities (requirements for approach and procedures)
• Construction and implementing firms and institutions (recommendations, tools)
• Operating bodies (hints for operation, tools)

The experiences are based on a joint German-Ghanaian program at Valley View University, the biggest private university in Ghana, intended to help realize the vision of a truly holistic ecological university. It was financed originally by the German Ministry of Education and Research and recently by the German Ministry for the Environment in the frame of the Climate Change Initiative of the Federal Government of Germany.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Geller, Gunther (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Human Ecosystems

    Geller, Gunther (et al.)

    Pages 5-10

  • Design, Implementation and Operation of Human Ecosystem: Concepts and Methods

    Geller, Gunther (et al.)

    Pages 11-33

  • Design, Implementation and Operation of Human Ecosystems: The Example of Valley View University (VVU)

    Geller, Gunther (et al.)

    Pages 35-100

  • Lessons Learned/Relevance

    Geller, Gunther (et al.)

    Pages 101-106

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eBook $119.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-28260-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainable Rural and Urban Ecosystems: Design, Implementation and Operation
Book Subtitle
Manual for Practice and Study
Editors
  • Gunther Geller
  • Detlef Glücklich
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-28261-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-28261-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-28260-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 179
Topics