Journal article

Decision-making of municipal urban forest managers through the lens of governance

Camilo Ordonez, Caragh G Threlfall, Stephen J Livesley, Dave Kendal, Richard A Fuller, Melanie Davern, Rodney van der Ree, Dieter F Hochuli



Awareness of the benefits of urban trees has led many cities to develop ambitious targets to increase tree numbers and canopy cover. Policy instruments that guide the planning of cities recognize the need for new governance arrangements to implement this agenda. Urban forests are greatly influenced by the decisions of municipal managers, but there is currently no clear understanding of how municipal managers find support to implement their decisions via new governance arrangements. To fill this knowledge gap, we collected empirical data through interviews with 23 urban forest municipal managers in 12 local governments in Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria, Australia, and analysed these ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank all the participants in this study, including all city officers who have kindly shared their insight and experience and given their time for the study. This research was made possible by funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Partnership grant #LP160100780 -Managing urban trees for people and wildlife. We also thank the City of Ballarat, City of Hume, City of Melbourne, and City of Moreland for their support. Authors C. Threlfall and D. Kendal were supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL). Finally, thanks to the three reviewers for their comments and suggestions for improvement.