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Mesto kot ekosistem = A town as an ecosystem

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Author(s): Metka Špes

Journal: Dela
ISSN 0354-0596

Issue: 31;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: town | urban ecosystem | sustainable development

ABSTRACT
In the search for their way towards sustainability towns can find good expert bases,explanations and models in the comprehension of ecosystems functioning. If a town isregarded as an ecosystem in which all its components are interconnected and interdependent,it is easier to define its carrying capacity; and to understand its metabolism means that thecauses and results of negative impacts of human activities can further be explained. Whena town is understood as an open ecosystem, its functioning, role and impacts on differentlevels can also be identified. Presented are also the conditions and challenges which will haveto be faced by the towns on their way to sustainability.
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