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The distinct ecological and social roles that wild spaces play in urban ecosystems


Threlfall, CG and Kendal, D, The distinct ecological and social roles that wild spaces play in urban ecosystems, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 29 pp. 348-356. ISSN 1618-8667 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2017.05.012


There is global interest in increasing the complexity of urban ecosystems to benefit both people and nature in cities. However, to successfully plan for and manage more complex landscapes greater attention is needed on understanding the complementary role of different types of green spaces in cities. Wild spaces occur in many forms across the landscape. In this paper, we discuss the different social and ecological roles that wild urban spaces play in our cities, and how they vary across space and time. We then assess the role and benefits of wild urban spaces in relation to other types of green space. Wild spaces are spatially and temporally diverse, and can act as refuges when other green spaces are not available. Many important differences exist in the composition, structure and management of wild spaces in comparison with other kinds of green space that drive their unique contribution to urban ecosystems. This discussion paper highlights these differences, and brings together knowledge of the role of wild spaces in urban landscapes from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:urban ecosystems, ecosystem services, wilderness, wild, urban nature
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:123862
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:65
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-01-30
Last Modified:2018-07-17

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