Collaborating for a better future
We are living in an urban world. Over half of the world’s population now live in cities and towns, and this trend will continue into the coming century. In Australia, over 80% of our population lives in urban areas, and half of us live in the three cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
However, humans are not the only inhabitants of cities. Many different species of plants, birds, animals, insects and fungi also live in our urban landscapes. They range from the
indigenous and native species that persist in our cities and towns, the cultivated and domestic species we deliberately bring in, through to the species that we incidentally and accidentally find ourselves sharing the landscape with. These species all help to shape and inform our experience of the city and our sense of place in the world.
Beyond simply shaping our identity, the biodiversity in our urban landscapes also helps modify the climate within our cities, reduces our reliance on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, increases our physical and emotional wellbeing, and ensures our city continues to function as a Healthy ecosystem. Therefore, it is imperative that we find ways to plan, design, build and manage our cities and towns so that they can be great places to live for plants and animals, as well as for humans.
Urban Ecology in Action was established to provide specialist urban ecology advice to state and local governments, industry, businesses and other organisations, and work collaboratively with them to deliver projects that sympathetically integrate biodiversity into urban landscapes.