BIMBY’s first steps: a pilot study on the contribution of residential front-yards in Phoenix and Maastricht to biodiversity, ecosystem services and urban sustainability

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    Abstract

    Large parts of urban space around the world exist of small-scale plots such as domestic gardens. These small-scale urban spaces carry potential for enhancing biodiversity, sustainability and ecosystem services in and beyond cities. However, domestic gardening and residential garden designs are often guided by aesthetics and ease more than by the aim to create habitat and biological diversity. Yard-management decisions impact socio-ecological systems in various ways, for example through irrigation patterns, fertilization or the use of pesticides or through the choice for exotic species that may become invasive over time. Yard-management decisions can also positively influence the presence of pollinators, improve soil quality or even foster small scale 'Wildlife Habitats' that can function as ecological stepping stones to the wider environment. In this paper a pilot assessment is presented of the contribution of residential front-yards in Phoenix (Arizona) and Maastricht (The Netherlands) to biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability by applying the BIMBY (Biodiversity in My (Back) Yard) framework.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-76
    Number of pages32
    JournalUrban Ecosystems
    Volume19
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

    Keywords

    • Biodiversity
    • Domestic yards
    • Sustainability
    • Ecosystem services
    • Garden design
    • Residential environment
    • DOMESTIC GARDENS
    • LANDSCAPE PREFERENCE
    • ARTIFICIAL-LIGHT
    • PLANT DIVERSITY
    • CONSERVATION
    • ECOLOGY
    • SHANNON
    • INDICATORS
    • VALUATION
    • LINKAGES

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