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Turbulent times for urban nature: conserving and re-inventing nature in Australian cities


Davison, AG and Ridder, BP, Turbulent times for urban nature: conserving and re-inventing nature in Australian cities, Australian Zoologist, 33, (3) pp. 306-314. ISSN 0067-2238 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.7882/AZ.2006.004


Interest in urban nature has grown rapidly over recent years in Australia, and not just amongst ecologists and conservationists. Policy makers, social scientists, community groups, the media and urban residents in general have also begun to think about, represent and interact with the 'natural' elements of cities in new ways.There has been a proliferation of perspectives about urban environments and a proliferation of debates about the sustainable management of animals, plants, water, climate and landscapes in cities. Such debates are indicative not only of an unsettling of the terms of nature in Australia, but also of an unsettling of the terms of Australian society by global social flows. Having placed Australian cities in the context of such turbulence, this paper considers implications of the contested status of urban nature for the practice of nature conservation. It is argued that as they engage with the ideas, values and behaviours of urban residents, nature conservation professionals will be challenged to broaden their understanding of nature conservation and to question the present dominance of the goal of biodiversity conservation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
UTAS Author:Ridder, BP (Mr Benjamin Ridder)
ID Code:40381
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-04-04

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