Wednesday 7
Biodiversity and Ecosystem services supporting urban resilience - a global perspective
Pamela Muehlman
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
› JOFFRE 1-2
The Role of Peri-Urban Communities and Natural Reserves for the Resilience of Metropolitan Areas: The Case of Mexico City
Rafael Calderon-Contreras  1@  
1 : Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana  (UAM)  -  Website
Baja California 200, Col. Roma Sur, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México, City C.P. 06760. -  Mexique

Metropolization is a dominant characteristic of processes of urban growth. The rising concentration of urban population in the world implies the need to increase the provision of environmental services for the cities. Given the close synergy and social and ecological interdependency between metropolitan areas and their surrounding natural reserves, peri-urban areas and metropolitan greenbelts play a pivotal role in the provision of the environmental services needed. Furthermore, these areas encompass the way cities face the posing threats of global environmental change. This paper provides insights on the importance of peri-urban areas and natural reserves for the resilience building of cities. Through the analysis of the natural reserves surrounding Mexico City´s metropolitan area it is possible to illustrate the capacity of these areas to deal with environmental challenges, while contributing to the overall resilience of the socio-ecological system they belong. This paper describes the synergies between the metropolitan area of Mexico City and its surrounding natural reserves when it comes to resilience and environmental services provision. Furthermore, it discusses the challenges and responses regarding ecological dynamics and governance that implies the ever-increasing pressure over the resources of peri-urban communities and natural reserves. This paper concludes by elucidating some insights on how peri-urban communities and natural reserves represent a key issue when it comes to the resilience of metropolitan areas.


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