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Urban Ecological Restoration: The New Frontier? | DUNEDIN

Prof Bruce Clarkson | 11 May

For a long time in our urban centres, nature has been fighting a losing battle. Perhaps those living in residential areas had been comforted by the fact that the Department of Conservation and its predecessors have been doing their best to save our native birds from extinction on offshore islands, or more recently, mainland eco-sanctuaries. But, these endeavours on their own, are not enough to reverse the ongoing decline in native biodiversity. What if cities were seen as a solution to the problem and what needs to happen?

Charles Fleming Award recipient Professor Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Taranaki-born ecologist, will make the case for both community and local council endeavours to bring indigenous nature back into cities and towns where 87% of New Zealand’s population live. Bruce explains how the new transdisciplinary approach of Urban Ecology is working on reconnecting our neighbourhoods with nature to provide multiple benefits to urban dwellers.

Views expressed by the speaker may not reflect those of Royal Society Te Apārangi



Professor Bruce Clarkson

Charles Fleming Award winner


Royal Society Te Apārangi


Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Dunedin, Otago 9016

6:00pm Thu 11 May, 2017 - 7:30pm Thu 11 May, 2017