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Green Infrastructure—Countering Ecosystem Fragmentation: Case Study of a Municipality in the Carpathian Foothills

Version 1 : Received: 14 December 2020 / Approved: 15 December 2020 / Online: 15 December 2020 (16:00:29 CET)

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Rafał, B.; Hanna, H.-G.; Alicja, H.-N. Green Infrastructure—Countering Ecosystem Fragmentation: Case Study of a Municipality in the Carpathian Foothills. Forests 2021, 12, 78. Rafał, B.; Hanna, H.-G.; Alicja, H.-N. Green Infrastructure—Countering Ecosystem Fragmentation: Case Study of a Municipality in the Carpathian Foothills. Forests 2021, 12, 78.

Journal reference: Forests 2021, 12, 78
DOI: 10.3390/f12010078

Abstract

This paper discusses Green Infrastructure, which can be considered a useful tool in the process of ensuring the sustainable development of urban structures in the Carpathian region. It allows for achieving a better quality of the environment of human life and healthy wildlife linkages. The element that supports defining information about the existing state of Green Infrastructure and its resources is the Green Infrastructure fragmentation coefficient based on edge effect calculations, which is the relation between the edge of the patch (circumference) to its surface area [1, 2]. With the use of model analysis of Green Infrastructure, it is possible to implement the provisions of the Carpathian Convention and coordinate planning documents that facilitate the sustainable development of spatial structures. Our study on the state of Green Infrastructure in rural areas of the Polish Carpathian Mountains is a source of knowledge about the quality of this area, its natural environment and fragmentation. Determining the territory’s Green Infrastructure fragmentation coefficient provides an opportunity for higher-precision studies and the detection of threats and integration of GI fragments and addressing proper solutions in conflict areas.

Subject Areas

fragmentation; Green Infrastructure; ecosystem; edge effect; spatial planning

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