Wildlife gardening for conservation in cities

by Laura Mumaw In this article we explore how the Knox Gardens for Wildlife program, a collaboration between a municipality (Knox City Council) and community group (Knox Environment Society) in greater Melbourne involves residents in gardening to help conserve indigenous biodiversity. We used semi-structured interviews and Council survey data to identify key program features that […]

Why politics and context matter in conservation policy

By Florence Damiens Politics and context matter for conservation policy. That is why our research group, in collaboration with Brian Coffey and Lauren Rickards from RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research, has just published a collective reply to Peter Kareiva and Emma Fuller’s article in Global Policy. In brief, we argue that Kareiva’s and Fuller’s […]

National Feral Cat Management Survey

Did you know? Australia has the highest extinction rate of native species on earth. The impact of feral cats has been recognised as one of the major threats to Australia’s native and endangered wildlife. In many cases, feral cats could be the final threat that causes a species to become extinct. This is the first […]

New ARC-Linkage Project: Designing green spaces for biodiversity and human well-being

The health and well-being of urban residents is intrinsically linked to green spaces and their biodiversity. Yet little is known about the mechanisms through which green space design delivers biodiversity and human well-being benefits. Through our recently funded Australian Research Council – Linkage Project ‘Designing green spaces for biodiversity and human well-being’ (LP160100324) we aim to […]

A+ for Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design

The Industry News and Analysis blog Sourceable has recently given RMIT University’s Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design protocol an A+ in their Living Infrastructure Report Card.

The Little Things that Run the City

How many insect species live in your city? How are they distributed amongst the city’s green spaces? What are the ecological processes they perform and ecosystem services they deliver? What are their most frequent ecological interactions? The Little Things that Run the City is a project that aims to address these and other questions within […]