Socio-ecological Systems and Biodiversity Conservation in African City: Insights from Kano Emir's Palace Gardens

Barau, Aliyu Salisu and Muhamad Ludin, Ahmad Nazri and Said, Ismail (2013) Socio-ecological Systems and Biodiversity Conservation in African City: Insights from Kano Emir's Palace Gardens. Urban Ecosystems, 16 (4). pp. 783-800. ISSN 1083-8155

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Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11252-012-0276-x

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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiversity; Conservation; Kano palace gardens; Socio-ecological system; Urban
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: Norazreen Ismail
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2014 02:11
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2014 02:11
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/514

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