Ecosystems´ climate compensatory function for intelligent land use: water, sanitation and health in the developing world

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April 2018
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Sandra Jiménez Noboa
Education - Health
Environmental Economics

The conventional and traditional classification of "land use" from an univalent anthropic vision, conceive the "land use" as: human beings making use of their environment surface - or failing to dobased on the scientific study of land use scale, which was proposed by Sir (Laurence) Dudley Stamp, professor of geography at Rangoon and London University (1898-1966). (Dudley Stamp, 2004) This study has been the main conceptual basis on the current classifications, which have complemented the study, but mainly have essentially maintained the anthropocentric approach to Stamp´s classification which was done according to the services that the society can identify; its implied that functional classifications do not incorporate the key relevant environmental dimensions. Precisely, due to its one-sidedness anthropocentric, it is necessary to broaden the focus toward the conception of intelligent land use which, taking aside the natural essential balance to maintain different ecosystem functions, consider that urban spaces depend on them. Hence, it is necessary to expand the analysis to a two-dimensional view ambivalent approach, towards a "intelligent land use" including ecological criteria, especially related to climate balance, known as “intelligent management urban land use”. This analysis generates indicators that provide extensive parameters needed in planning intelligent urban land use. In the efforts to preserve ecosystem equilibrium, as a main strategy to reach climate change resilience in urban context, this paper contributes with some indicators, especially those related to identify priority conservation areas, areas with specially ecological value and climatic zones balances.


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