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Urban agriculture as a nature-based solution to address socio-ecological challenges in Australian cities


Kingsley, J and Egerer, M and Nuttman, S and Keniger, L and Pettitt, P and Frantzeskaki, N and Gray, T and Ossola, A and Lin, B and Bailey, A and Tracey, D and Barron, S and Marsh, P, Urban agriculture as a nature-based solution to address socio-ecological challenges in Australian cities, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 60 Article 127059. ISSN 1618-8667 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127059


Australia is currently grappling with a range of social and environmental challenges, many of which impact the way our public health system, and society more broadly, function. In this short communication paper we explore urban agriculture in Australia as a Nature-Based Solution (NBS) to address some of the ecological, social, economic and health challenges facing the continent. We argue that urban agriculture has the potential to mitigate the effects of climate change extremes while simultaneously providing multiple benefits such as improving wellbeing, people-nature connections, and food security. We present three exemplar case studies diverse in geography, context and governance from Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales exploring verge gardening, market gardening, and a community greening program respectively to highlight the benefits of urban agriculture as a NBS. We advocate that various forms of urban agriculture need to be researched and considered for their potential impacts and multiple benefits to be fully supported, governed, and understood in light of the social-ecological challenges Australian cities face.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:urban agriculture, nature-based solution, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Health geography
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
ID Code:143270
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2021-03-09
Last Modified:2021-05-18

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