BIODIVERSITY AND QUALITY OF PUBLIC SPACES Preliminary Study for a Common Set of Indicators

K. Potter, M. Matos Silva



This paper is part of a PhD study in Urbanism at the Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa). Cities are rich in biodiversity, regardless of geographical location or altitude. Some are even located within or near biodiversity hotspots, while others are important stopover sites for migratory species. Urban biodiversity is responsible for benefits ecosystems provides, essential for human well-being. Public spaces are places where nature may connect to people and their dynamics. In the last decade, cities have been growing faster, increasing urban pressure on the natural environment, and the impact on quality of life. This paper identifies a set of indicators to understand the relationship between biodiversity and quality of public spaces, from the analysis of indicators sets already tested, assuming the importance of biodiversity and the quality of public spaces for better cities.

Keywords: urban biodiversity, quality of public spaces, indicators.

Thematic clusters: 2. City and Environment Topic: Environment, landscape and climate change