On a path to improve the way we think about, understand and intervene in urban green spaces

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar


There is increasing awareness of the importance of urban green spaces for biodiversity conservation, human well-being, and delivery of ecosystem services. In this presentation I will give an overview of two lines of my work. The first analyses the effects of urbanization-driven fragmentation on remnant plant and fauna communities. For this purpose, I will focus on the Western Australian Banksia woodlands, a species-rich plant community and habitat threatened by ongoing urban development. The second takes a broader view to green infrastructure and addresses the key question: how can we improve urban green spaces in order to maximize the delivery of benefits for people and other species? I will conclude the presentation with some thoughts about the importance of an active, thoughtful approach to the planning, design and management of urban green spaces.
Period2 Nov 2017
Held atUniversity of Lisbon, Portugal