Original Published Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2013

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions             
Natural urban ecosystems and protecting wildlife  is often overlooked during the urban planning process. The loss of natural  ecosystems in cities poses a risk to public health and the quality of life of  urban citizens according to Dr Sarah Bekessy form the ARC Centre of Excellence  for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and RMIT University. Australian citizens can  become more involved in planning their cities with wildlife in mind thanks to a  new tool developed by the CEED team. The tool ranks sites for development  according to various priorities such as biodiversity loss, flood risk and  transport.