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Planetary stewardship in an urbanizing world: beyond city limits

Seitzinger, S.P., Svedin, U., Crumley, C., Steffen, W., Abdullah, S.A., Alfsen, C., Biermann, F.H.B., Bondre, N.R., Dearing, J.A., Deutsch, L., Dhakal, S., Elmqvist, T., Farahbakhshazard, N., Gaffney, O., Haberl, H., Lavorel, S., Mbow, C., McMichael, A.J., Morais, J., Olsson, P., Pinho, P., Seto, K.C., Sinclair, P., Stafford-Smith, M. and Sugar, L. (2012) Planetary stewardship in an urbanizing world: beyond city limits AMBIO (doi:10.1007/s13280-012-0353-7).

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Cities are rapidly increasing in importance as a major factor shaping the Earth system, and as such must take corresponding responsibility. With currently over half of the world population, cities are supported by resources originating from primarily rural regions that are often located around the world far distant from the urban loci of use. The multiple and complex environmental and social challenges the world faces require interconnected solutions and a coordinated governance approach to planetary stewardship. There is a new opportunity to conceptualize a key component of planetary stewardship as a global system of cities that develop sustainable processes and policies in concert with its non-urban areas. The potential for cities to cooperate as a system and with rural connectivity could not only increase their capacity to effect change and foster stewardship at the planetary scale but also increase their resource security.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 18 October 2012
Keywords: urban, rural, resources, sustainability, planetary stewardship, global, governance
Organisations: Palaeoenvironment Laboratory (PLUS)


Local EPrints ID: 344376
ISSN: 0044-7447
PURE UUID: fc522872-3e9f-4cac-9c93-f74debde966a
ORCID for J.A. Dearing: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 22 Oct 2012 10:53
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:16

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Author: S.P. Seitzinger
Author: U. Svedin
Author: C. Crumley
Author: W. Steffen
Author: S.A. Abdullah
Author: C. Alfsen
Author: F.H.B. Biermann
Author: N.R. Bondre
Author: J.A. Dearing ORCID iD
Author: L. Deutsch
Author: S. Dhakal
Author: T. Elmqvist
Author: N. Farahbakhshazard
Author: O. Gaffney
Author: H. Haberl
Author: S. Lavorel
Author: C. Mbow
Author: A.J. McMichael
Author: J. Morais
Author: P. Olsson
Author: P. Pinho
Author: K.C. Seto
Author: P. Sinclair
Author: M. Stafford-Smith
Author: L. Sugar

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