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The Green LeapA Primer for Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development$
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Mark Hostetler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271104

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271104.001.0001

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Why Build Biodiverse Communities?

Why Build Biodiverse Communities?

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(p.5) Chapter 1 Why Build Biodiverse Communities?
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The Green Leap
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Mark E. Hostetler

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271104.003.0001

This chapter discusses the importance of conserving urban biodiversity. The construction and maintenance of urban communities affect natural resource consumption and impact surrounding natural areas. Because cities are the primary areas through which people interact with and have an effect on nature, they are important environments in which to promote a conservation ethic. Also discussed in this chapter are the ecosystem benefits, social and health benefits, and the economic benefits of conserving biodiversity.

Keywords:   urban biodiversity, conservation, biodiversity, conservation subdivision, green development, ecosystems, conservation ethic, urban ecology

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