The role of natural resources in the historic urban landscape approach

Caballero, Gabriel Victor (2016) The role of natural resources in the historic urban landscape approach. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, 6 (1). pp. 2-13. ISSN 2044-1266 [Article]

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore possible contributions of natural resources for the historic urban landscape (HUL) approach. It points to several possible avenues for collaborative research, which can expand the discourse on the topic of urban sustainability with different disciplines of heritage studies, natural resource management, urban planning and disaster risk reduction. Design/methodology/approach There are already several UNESCO initiatives such as the Man and Biosphere Programme, World Heritage Forests Programme and the World Heritage Programme for Small Island Developing States, which the HUL approach can learn from to understand approaches that integrate natural resource management in urban planning methods. Different cases from the USA, Japan and Singapore applying landscape approaches have also been documented in this research. Findings Several examples have been found in which natural resources are integrated to bigger strategies of urban planning. Japan has enacted the “Landscape Law” in 2004 to highlight the importance of preserving landscapes in improving the quality and viability of community life. The “Mauritius Strategy” created by small island developing states is another example. It holistically looks at policies to deal with environmental challenges while advocating economic growth and protecting cultural and natural heritage, among other concerns. The long tradition of creating greenways in the USA have also contributed in presenting heritage assets and providing environmental benefits. The High Line in New York City is a good example of this. Originality/value In line with the HUL approach, the research points out possibilities of non-traditional collaborations in solving current urban challenges. Finding ways of linking natural resources to a bigger urban framework can inspire new solutions for the interlinked problems of urban growth, heritage management and nature conservation amidst climate change.

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Caballero, Gabriel Victorgabrielvcaballero@gmail.com
Languages: English
Keywords: environment; urban sustainability; historic urban landscape; climate change; urban forests; small island developing states; urban landscape; Urban planning; town planning; methodology; natural resources
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 58. Urban fabric analysis
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 13. Theory of cultural landscapes
Q. LANDSCAPES > 12. Urban landscapes
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
UNESCO WHC Number: 1483
Volume: 6
Number: 1
ISSN: 2044-1266
Depositing User: Mr Gabriel Victor Caballero
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 11:53
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 11:53
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1870

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