Organiser: Karen Ikin, Australian National University and Georgia Garrard, RMIT
Evidence is building that urban areas can support diverse assemblages of ecological communities, including nationally important threatened species. With this growing recognition has come a changing perspective that conservation in cities and towns is a realistic policy and management priority. Urban ecology research has shifted from documenting negative effects of urbanisation on biodiversity to a greater focus on what can be done to achieve more effective urban conservation outcomes. This symposium will focus on this “positive” urban ecology research and aims to identify ways forward for better integration of science into policy and management. The symposium will present a series of case studies of new urban conservation research. These case studies span the natural and social sciences, to include biodiversity-sensitive urban design and green infrastructure, wildlife habitat and rewilding, and access to nature, community engagement and social values. Together, these case studies highlight best practices in urban conservation science.
14:30 Georgia Garrard, Karen Ikin Biodiversity sensitive urban design for biodiverse cities
14:40 Kwek Yan Chong Managing greenery for urban biodiversity
14:50 Dave Kendal Beyond economic values: understanding why biodiversity is important to the urban public
15:00 Amy Hahs Bridging the gap between science and practice to achieve conservation outcomes on urban golf courses
15:10 Richard Fuller The connection between city residents and nature
15:20 Kathryn Eyles Nature on the Doorstep: Creating pathways to engage urban communities in nature
15:30 Luis Mata Re-wilding the city: which species and why?
15:40 Leonie Valentine Novel resources for threatened fauna in urban environments