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Nature des villes, un intérêt social et écologique à questionner

Abstract : The interest for the urban nature is growing, both in society and in public policies, and research on the subject is increasing. The purpose of the present paper is to question the positive perception of urban nature, from the social as the environmental point of view. The study was conducted in the framework of a research program (SERVEUR), which focused on green spaces of mediumsized cities in the French region Centre-Val de Loire. It is based on interviews conducted with users and managers of these spaces, on the analysis of socio-economic variables and on arthropod (biodiversity indicators) and soil surveys. Users confirm the positive perception of green spaces, which they associate with well-being. But managers moderate this point of view : the city dwellers complain disservices. They have a paradoxical perception of urban nature and they prefer a maintained nature. The analysis of socio-economic variables confirms this idea and it also puts the social demand of urban nature into perspective. But, whether it’s more or less maintained, urban vegetation form ecosystems with relatively good ecological indicators : urban green spaces are biodiversity hotspots and their soils have a quite satisfactory quality.
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Amélie Robert, Jean Louis Yengué. Nature des villes, un intérêt social et écologique à questionner. Presses universitaires de Valenciennes. Nature des villes, nature des champs, pp.325-353, 2018, 978-2-36424-055-1. ⟨halshs-01811919⟩



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