Urban Ecological Infrastructure for Healthier Cities: Governance, Management and Engineering

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Abstracts due MAY 29th, 2015

This document outlines the Call for Papers for presentations at the Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference: Accelerating the Transition to Equitable, Sustainable Post-Fossil-Carbon Societies, workshop “Urban Ecological Infrastructure for Healthier Cities: Governance, Management and Engineering” to be held in Sitges, near Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 1 – 4, 2015.

The world is undergoing an unprecedented urbanization, especially in the rapidly transitioning countries such as China. During the past three decades, China’s urban population increased from 18% in 1978 to 52.6% in 2012 while the city ‘built-up area,’ doubled and residents increased by 2.5 times. The pace, depth, and magnitude of these changes, while bringing about benefits to local people and the global economy, are causing severe ecological stresses on both local human living conditions and regional life support systems. Because cities are facing increasing environmental challenges of urban flooding, heat island effects, haze and smoggy atmosphere, new visions and new paths of ecologically sound urbanization in governance, engineering and management are urgently needed.

The concept of ecological infrastructure (EI) was put forward in 1984 within UNESCO’s annual report on Man and Biosphere Program. Urban ecological infrastructure (UEI) as a special type of EI can provide integrative ecological services for urban dwellers on the one hand, and does not add ecological burdens to the external system on the other hand. This is because UEI approaches, when implemented properly, can help cities’ leaders to systematically and comprehensively manage all aspects of water quantity and quality, energy supply and heat dissipation, soil fertility and nutrient usage, minimize runoff, increase reuse and recycling of waste materials, as they enhance the ecological integrity within and around cities and reduce ecological burdens.

In this context, we invite authors to prepare and submit abstracts via our conference website: www.cleanerproductionconference.com for participation in this special workshop. Please specify that your abstract is for this workshop.

After your abstract has been reviewed, you will be invited to develop a conference paper that can be based upon. Your paper will also be considered for publication in one of the special volumes of “Healthier Cities” we will publish in The Journal of Cleaner Production, after the conference. For the authors who have already submitted your papers to our special volume “Healthier Cities” on the Journal of Cleaner Production, you are also encouraged to attend in our workshop and please remember to submit your abstract formally via our conference website even if you have already submitted a full paper to the special volume.

We solicit papers on initiatives associated with the following issues. The themes and questions are illustrative and are to serve as a framework for authors for the themes that will be discussed.

Theme one: From civil infrastructure to ecological infrastructure: Diagnoses and remedies of urban illnesses

  • Development of impact assessments and solutions for urban land use and cover changes which cause degradation of urban wetlands both in quantities and qualities;
  • Development of impact assessments and solutions for urban land uses and cover changes on the spatial distributions and functions of urban green spaces;
  • Development of assessments and solutions for urban traffic congestion and landscape fragmentation of urban green spaces and wetlands;
  • Development of assessments and solutions for the spatial distributions and complex ecological effects of urban impervious surfaces;
  • Development of assessments and solutions for urban waste discharge and treatment problems.

Theme Two: International experiences and lessons in urban “green-blue” ecological engineering to develop and enforce standards for restoration of natural and social ecosystem services

  • Learning from international lessons in urban “green-blue” ecological planning, engineering and management;
  • Achieving enhancement of urban ecosystem services through ecological restoration engineering of green spaces and blue spaces (wetlands);
  • Enhancing urban ecosystem services through integration of ecological corridors;
  • Establishing and implementing standards for restoration of natural and social ecosystem services

Theme Three: Implementation of integrated urban waste management, recycling and treatment policies and facilities

  • Innovative and smart eco-infrastructures for prevention, minimization and material cycling of the urban waste streams (incl. municipal solid waste, wastewater and waste gases), and the technical, governance, public participation and management of such eco-infrastructures.
  • Integration of multiple technologies and facilities in the field of urban waste management, e.g. integrated eco-infrastructure for managing domestic & restaurant wastes, agricultural wastes, and livestock manure.
  • Better training, better management, better monitoring, better policies that could be used to enforce practices to prevent, to minimize and to utilize the waste materials in new and effective cycles to urban ecosystem cycles.

Theme Four: Design and modify urban impervious surfaces through ecological engineering

  • Topics of interests will focus upon, but not be limited to, the following fields: Reviews and case studies of constructing & monitoring the functioning of rain gardens, i.e., green spaces and wetlands at and below the ground surface through ecological engineering.
  • Reviews and case studies of constructing & monitoring the functioning of green roofs and vertical facets.
  • Reviews and case studies of the benefits of replacing impervious surfaces with permeable surfaces.

Theme Five: Urban Aorta ecology, ecological mobility and livable corridors

  • Planning of urban traffic and assessment of transport ecology;
  • Research on eco-mobility development and its ecological connotations;
  • Scenario analysis of sustainable eco-mobility modes in megacities;
  • Planning of slow traffic, including pedestrian, cycle way, etc.;
  • Designation, planning, implementation and governance of urban ecological and livable corridors.

Theme Six: Integrative design criteria and management cases of urban ecological infrastructure

  • Integrative design criteria for transformation of the urban ecological infrastructure to more ecologically and humanely sustainable systems;
  • Integrative management cases of urban ecological infrastructure transformation;
  • Methods and case studies for integration of urban ecological infrastructure and municipal infrastructure into systems that clearly support better quality of human life and are based upon healthier ecosystems and with better governance.

Theme Seven: The roles of urban ecological infrastructure in industrial parks and industrial clusters

  • Present situations and trends of ecological infrastructures in industrial parks or industrial clusters and document how they are or can potentially help to improve the surrounding urban context;
  • Investigate the diverse roles and approaches to the planning and management of ecological infrastructures in industrial parks or industrial clusters so that they help to improve the surrounding urban lifestyles;
  • Explore and evaluate the effectiveness of diverse ecological infrastructure technologies, methods, effects, and policies in industrial parks or industrial clusters, within the context of climate change, smog and other negative urban challenges;

Format and Procedures for Submission of Responses to this Call for Abstracts:

We invite authors to prepare abstracts of 500 words in response this Call for Abstracts. The abstracts are to be prepared in English.

Please submit your abstract(s) via the conference website: www.cleanerproductionconference.com
After the Global Conference, scientific teams of the Global Conference will select the articles to be developed for peer review and for potential publication within one Special Volume “Healthier Cities” of the JCLP (The Journal of Cleaner Production) that will be developed based upon initial inputs to the Global Conference.

For more information contact:
Dr. Yutao Wang
Dr. Feng Li

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