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Urban ecology and the future of cities

Meikle, Helen and Elkadi, Hisham 2012, Urban ecology and the future of cities, in Working together to achieve liveable cities : Proceedings of the 5th Liveable Cities Conference 2012, AST Management, Nerang, Qld., pp. 86-107.

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Title Urban ecology and the future of cities
Author(s) Meikle, Helen
Elkadi, Hisham
Conference name Liveable Cities. Conference (5th : 2012 : Geelong, Vic.)
Conference location Geelong, Vic.
Conference dates 6-8 Jun. 2012
Title of proceedings Working together to achieve liveable cities : Proceedings of the 5th Liveable Cities Conference 2012
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Liveable Cities Conference
Start page 86
End page 107
Total pages 22
Publisher AST Management
Place of publication Nerang, Qld.
Keyword(s) urban ecology
biodiversity
future cities
sustainable development
urban planning
Summary The role of ecology in a sustainable future is prominent in the media, academic writing and political decisions; as such environmental pressures, as well as economic, social and political, increasingly influence planning for the future. This paper looks at how this translates into the process for planning future cities – highlighting gaps in knowledge and issues of implementation. It draws on interdisciplinary sources to explore three main elements of the debate: What is urban ecology and why is it important to sustainable cities?; What gaps are there in the ecological knowledge of planners and policy makers and why are there gaps?; and How can urban ecology be integrated into the planning of future sustainable cities?. This paper does not aim to provide a definitive answer to the problem; rather it addresses the first two areas and identifies potential directions for the third. It takes Australia, as national, Victoria, as regional and Geelong, as local, points of reference.
ISBN 9780980814750
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2012, AST Management Pty Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051275

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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