MEGACITIES 2050: From Urbanization Risks Towards Sustainable Urban Development

  • V. I. VasenevEmail author
  • Z. Cheng
  • J. J. Stoorvogel
  • E. A. Dovletyarova
  • R. A. Hajiaghayeva
  • V. G. Plyushchikov
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)


Urbanization is a long-term global trend, responsible for substantial environmental changes. At the same time, urban ecosystems are vulnerable and their adaptation to the ever-changing environment is necessary to sustain essential functionality and important ecosystem services. Sustainable urban development demands the integration of innovative green technologies and nature-based solutions in urban management, which is only possible through a collaboration and participation of all stakeholders including scientists, landscape designers, civil engineers, policy makers, and all citizens.


Urban ecosystems Megapolis Monitoring Environmental management Green infrastructure Urban soils Ecosystem services 



The RFBR project NK 15-34-70003 and Jean Monnet Project EDEMS supported the conference and the research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. I. Vasenev
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Z. Cheng
    • 2
  • J. J. Stoorvogel
    • 3
  • E. A. Dovletyarova
    • 1
  • R. A. Hajiaghayeva
    • 1
  • V. G. Plyushchikov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Landscape Design and Sustainable Ecosystems, Agrarian-Technological InstituteRUDN UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesBrooklyn College of the City University of New YorkBrooklynUSA
  3. 3.Soil Geography and Landscape GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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