Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Urban ecology

Our research is investigating the importance of green spaces, natural plant communities and wildlife as components of urban design. Biodiversity in cities is thought to be important for human well-being, provision of ecosystem services (e.g. water purification, stormwater retention), and developing a sense of place and belonging.

As well, the level of biodiversity present in an urban subdivision may influence the potential capital value of real estate. Our research is clarifying the values provided by biodiversity to urban systems, determining how urban subdivisions impact on residual plants and animals, and developing novel techniques for integrating nature into city dwellers' everyday experiences.