BSUD – Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design
Design to enhance biodiversity within the urban fabric
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More about BSUD
The five principles of BSUD are:
1. Maintain or create habitat for target species
2. Facilitate dispersal
3. Minimise disturbance and other threats
4. Facilitate natural processes (such as pollination)
5. Facilitate positive human-nature interactions
BSUD: from theory to practise
The aim for the next four years will be to translate BSUD from theory to practice, documenting methods and developing metrics to measure success. We are excited to be working with industry partners Yarra Valley Water and Lendlease to apply the BSUD framework in two new urban developments. These sites will act as action-research case studies to help us understand the challenges faced in implementing BSUD within the urban planning & development process. Work on this project started in February 2021.
Acknowledging our support network
The importance of BSUD has been acknowledged by a variety of organisations, including our project partners Yarra Valley Water, Lendlease, GHD, BirdLife Australia, The Green Building Council of Australia, Greening Australia, and the Australian Conservation Foundation and The Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The original BSUD framework was supported by funding from The Myer Foundation, the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub and the NESP Threatened Species Hub.
Artist’s impression of a biodiversity sensitive urban green space
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About The Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the arts, medical research, public health research, early childhood development, community wellbeing and environmental science. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a fair, healthy, sustainable and vibrant Australia.