Urban green spaces in a post-apartheid city: challenges and opportunities for nature-based solutions

Valentina Giombini*, Jessica Thorn

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Cities in sub-Saharan countries are simultaneously facing climate change, rapid urbanisation, and social inequalities. Nature-based Solutions harness nature’s benefits to address these environmental, social, and economic challenges. In this study, we investigate how taking into account temporal dynamics and multiple values of nature helps to implement better Nature-based Solutions. Through satellite images and interviews with practitioners and residents, we look at how green spaces and dry riverbeds are distributed, managed, and perceived in the capital city of Namibia, south-western Africa. We find that apartheid spatial segregation legacies persist through the unequal distribution of urban green spaces, and that, although their current management limits their capacity to deliver benefits, riverbeds have the potential to support sustainable development and climate change adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-nature interactions
Subtitle of host publicationExploring nature’s values across landscapes
EditorsDaniel Ieva Misiune, Lukas Egarter Vigl Depellegrin
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783031019807
ISBN (Print)9783031019791, 9783031019821
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022


  • Ecosystem services
  • River networks
  • Namibia
  • Environmental justice
  • Urban green infrastructure


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