Socio-ecological systems and biodiversity conservation in African city: Insights from Kano Emir’s Palace gardens

Aliyu, Salisu Barau and Ludin, A.N.M and Said , Ismail (2012) Socio-ecological systems and biodiversity conservation in African city: Insights from Kano Emir’s Palace gardens. Socio-ecological systems and biodiversity conservation. pp. 1-20. ISSN 1083-8155 (Submitted)

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Abstract

Urban biodiversity management in most African countries is at a peripheral stage. At the same time, African urban areas substantially remain poorly planned and intensively growing. This study explores the socio-ecological system as an alternative approach to explore African indigenous urban biodiversity management. For this purpose, we mixed conventional scientific investigation methods to explain the biodiversity conservation in the ancient gardens of the Kano palace in northern Nigeria. This multidisciplinary approach has successfully unveiled a harmonious relationship of humans and ecosystems in the context of African cultural values and heritage systems. The paper reveals that the palace gardens offer an avenue for intersection of a wide range of ecological and cultural activities. These include biodiversity conservation, recreation, security and surveillance, climate hazards proofing, and sacred dimensions. The findings of this study show that it is possible to address challenges confronting Africa’s urban biodiversity through the combination of scientific and indigenous systems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: http://eprints.utm.my/37541/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiversity . Conservation . Socio-ecological system . Urban . Kano palace gardens
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 06:01
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 03:40
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/330

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