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History, Landscape Change, and the Social Dimensions of Urban Stream Restoration in Miami

Authors: Mason Bradbury*, Florida International University
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Human-Environment Geography, Landscape
Keywords: Ecological Restoration, Urban Streams, Landscape change
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
Presentation File: Download

The UN has declared the 2020s the “Decade of Ecosystem Restoration”, with the promise of massively scaling up the number and size of restoration projects across the world. Insufficient attention has been paid to restoration’s social side, and with the potential influx of political and financial support tied to the UN Declaration, there is an urgent need to attend to sociopolitical issues in restoration, particularly with reference to challenges that arise from the introduction of restoration projects to existing social or institutional landscapes. This is especially true with urban restoration projects, due to the number of potentially affected individuals or groups and the geographies of marginalization and privilege present in cities. I address this need through an analysis of two stream restoration projects in the urban landscape of Miami, Florida. My analysis traces the history of landscape transformations at these restoration sites, sociopolitical drivers of landscape change, and the ways that restoration plans fit into the broader context of urban planning and development, environmental management, and the spatial distribution of social inequity.

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