Wildlife friendly cities will make us happier and healthier—17 September 2015
It is well known that interaction with our local environment benefits our physical and mental health. A new paper from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) outlines four key ways to protect biodiversity in our cities and towns through managing urban sprawl, enhancing green space, preserving large trees and engaging the community. Dr Karen Ikin, a researcher with CEED is lead author of the paper Key lessons for achieving biodiversity‐sensitive cities and towns published in Ecological Management & Restoration. She says that Australia’s urban landscapes offer opportunities to marry wellbeing and environmental objectives. “Our cities and towns are managed first and foremost for people,” says Dr Ikin. “However, looking after our plants and animals provides a wealth of benefits that are essential for human health and wellbeing.”

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

Image: Native eucalypt street trees provide wildlife with habitat not provided by exotic trees.
Image courtesy: Dr Karen Ikin.

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2015