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Urban development, land sharing and land sparing: the importance of considering restoration

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At present, there is limited knowledge of how best to reconcile urban development with biodiversity conservation, and in particular whether populations of wild species would be greater under low‐density housing (with larger gardens), or high‐density housing (allowing more area to be left as undeveloped green spaces). The land sharing/sparing framework – originally developed in the context of farming – can be applied to address this question.
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Keywords: city growth; human population; land sparing; land‐use intensity; restoration; sustainable cities; urban nature; urban planning; urbanisation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2017

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