Mississippi State University
Brzuszek, Robert F.
Schauwecker, Timothy J.
Walker, Jason B.
Hill, JoVonn G.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Landscape Architecture
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Landscape Architecture
During the 21st century, more people will reside in cities than in rural areas for the first time in human history. As cities expand to accommodate their growing population, pressure is mounting on local biodiversity and the ecosystems they support. This prompted the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity - in collaboration with the City of Singapore - to develop a biodiversity index specifically for cities. In 2014, the final draft of the City Biodiversity Index was released. Twenty-three indicators comprise three categories that assess: native biodiversity, ecosystem services, and municipal support for local biodiversity. A case-study was designed for Starkville, MS to better understand the merits of the index and its application to small rural town planning. The research illuminated the breadth and flexibility of the index across multiple scales and the availability of local resources to deliver a meaningful biodiversity analysis.
Moma, Leslie Rhea, "The Application and Exploration of the City Biodiversity Index through a Case Study of the City of Starkville, Mississippi" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 4265.