Conservation in urban areas: opportunities and advances

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

15:50  Discussion

Location: Room P7 Date: July 7, 2016 Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm