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Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Adaptation

Function, Implementation and Governance

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  • Introduces the function, implementation and governance of green infrastructure in Japan and other countries
  • Explores the preservation and restoration of ecosystems from a catchment perspective
  • Evaluates green infrastructure from engineering, ecological view, and also from economical perspective

Part of the book series: Ecological Research Monographs (ECOLOGICAL)

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. River and Floodplain Ecosystem (Including Paddy Field and Other Farmlands)

  2. Wetland Ecosystem (Including Flood-Control Pond)

  3. Urban and City Ecosystem


About this book

This open access book introduces the function, implementation and governance of green infrastructure in Japan and other countries where lands are geologically fragile and climatologically susceptible to climate change. It proposes green infrastructure as an adaptation strategy for climate change and biodiversity conservation.

In the face of climate change, dams, levees and floodways built as disaster prevention facilities do not sufficiently function against extraordinary events such as mega-floods and tsunami disasters. To prevent those disasters and loss of biodiversity in various ecosystems, we should shift from conventional hard measures to more adaptive strategies using various functions that natural and semi-natural ecosystems provide. Green infrastructure is an interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats and other natural areas that support native species, maintain natural ecological processes, sustain air and water resources and contribute to the health and quality of life for communities and people. Green infrastructure has mainly been discussed from adaptation strategy perspectives in cities and urban areas. However, to protect cities, which are generally situated at downstream lower elevations, we explore the preservation and restoration of forests at headwater basins and wetlands along rivers from a catchment perspective. In addition, the quantitative examination of flood risk, biodiversity, and social-economic benefits described in this book brings new perspectives to the discussion.

The aim of this book is to accelerate the transformative changes from gray-based adaptation strategies to green- or hybrid-based strategies to adapt to climate change. The book provides essential information on the structure, function, and maintenance of green infrastructure for scientists, university students, government officers, and practitioners.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Laboratory of Ecosystem Management, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

    Futoshi Nakamura

About the editor

Futoshi Nakamura
Ecosystem management and landscape ecology, Hokkaido University, Japan

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Adaptation

  • Book Subtitle: Function, Implementation and Governance

  • Editors: Futoshi Nakamura

  • Series Title: Ecological Research Monographs

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-6790-9Published: 26 January 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-6793-0Published: 26 January 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-6791-6Published: 25 January 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2191-0707

  • Series E-ISSN: 2191-0715

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 506

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Ecosystems, Landscape Ecology, Environmental Economics, Forestry, Ecology

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