Nature in Built Space in North America

  • Ambe J. Njoh


North America, comprising the United States and Canada, is the least socio-politically diverse, but one of the most geographically extensive of United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) regions. It ranks as the most economically and industrially developed. These unique features have far-reaching implications for nature in the region’s built space, particularly its urban areas. This chapter discusses the ways in which these features conspire with the region’s politico-economic, socio-cultural geo-ecological and historical factors to facilitate or obfuscate efforts to promote nature in the built environment. It is shown that the region’s liberal democratic and economically advanced system, combined with its dominant Judeo-Christian culture, have proved to be a boon for these efforts.


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  • Ambe J. Njoh
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  1. 1.School of GeosciencesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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