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.
Turbulent times for urban nature: conserving and re-inventing nature in Australian cities
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Aidan Davison, Ben Ridder; Turbulent times for urban nature: conserving and re-inventing nature in Australian cities. Australian Zoologist 1 June 2006; 33 (3): 306–314. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2006.004
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