The Role of Ecosystem Services in Making Cities Sustainable

  • Peter Edwards
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Architectural Design and Technology book series (BRIEFSARCHIDE)


The term ‘ecosystem services’ is used to denote the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems, such as clean air and water, or a cooler environment. In this chapter, I will consider some of the environmental problems that cities face, and how ecosystem services can contribute to mitigating them. I will focus especially on cities of the humid tropics, notably Singapore, and the potential of ecosystem services to prevent flooding and to keep the city cool.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Edwards
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  1. 1.ETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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