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Local assessment of Melbourne: the biodiversity and social-ecological dynamics of Melbourne, Australia


Ives, CD and Beilin, R and Gordon, A and Kendal, D and Hahs, AK and McDonnell, MJ, Local assessment of Melbourne: the biodiversity and social-ecological dynamics of Melbourne, Australia, Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, T Elmqvist, M Fragkias, J Goodness, B Guneralp, PJ Marcotullio, RI McDonald, S Parnell, M Schewenius (ed), London, pp. 385-407. ISBN 9789400770874 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]


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Copyright 2013 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1


Melbourne, Australia is a city rich in biodiversity. It contains a high proportion of open space and supports a large number of flora and fauna species, both indigenous to the region and introduced from around the world. The high levels of biodiversity are partly the result of historical planning decisions that did not deliberately consider biodiversity yet inadvertently favoured many plants and animals. However, Melbourne is currently at a tipping point whereby continued urban growth is likely to result in a loss of biodiversity if it is not explicitly and carefully considered in planning, policy and management. Enhancing biodiversity into the future will be aided by a reconciliation of underlying tensions between (1) growth and conservation and (2) the management of ‘native’ and ‘exotic’ vegetation that are currently embedded in a range of governance structures and public attitudes. This would enable the implementation of urban design that promotes biodiversity across the city as a whole.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:urban biodiversity
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:124654
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-03-02
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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