Bringing nature back into cities

The Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in Milan, Italy is a pair of residential skyscrapers famed for the hundreds of trees and plants it houses. It’s an example of how cities across the world are engaging in actions to reverse the trend of native species loss.

To contribute to the emerging pathway of research and practice that advocates for bringing nature back into cities, a new  paper in People and Nature led by the CAUL Hub’s Dr Luis Mata in collaboration with a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers has outlined seven key areas to help guide policy makers, professionals and the general public.

These include acknowledging the sovereignty of local and Indigenous knowledge systems, engaging with built-environment professionals considering the needs of species other than humans in urban design, and evaluating the success of bringing nature back actions. It’s hoped the framework will encourage organisations and individuals to think creatively about the ways rare and locally extinct species can be returned to urban environments. 

Photo by Daryan Shamkhali on Unsplash

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