Renaturing cities: from utopias to contested realities and futures

S. Sarabi*, N. Frantzeskaki, J. Waldenberger, O. Alvarado, D. Raaimakers, H.A.C. Runhaar, C.A.E. Stijnen, H.S. Toxopeus, Ema Vrînceanu

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Renaturing urban environments is a transformative pathway for urban sustainability that can be leveraged for collaborative research and planning to reverse long trends of ecosystem degradation. People-nature connections need to be reinforced to enable the successful uptake and upscale of urban renaturing practices. Improving people's understanding, perception, and emotions towards nature is therefore key. In this paper, we discuss how human knowledge and values of nature can be enabled through urban renaturing. Besides, we discuss the required transitions in urban planning processes to support urban renaturing practices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127999
Number of pages5
JournalUrban Forestry & Urban Greening
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • People-nature connections
  • Renaturing
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Urban nature


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