Journal article

International approaches to protecting and retaining trees on private urban land

Camilo Ordonez-Barona, Judy Bush, Joe Hurley, Marco Amati, Sirkku Juhola, Stephen Frank, Myles Ritchie, Christopher Clark, Alex English, Kelly Hertzog, Meg Caffin, Steve Watt, Stephen J Livesley



Most studies of urban forest management look at vegetation on public land. Yet, to meet ambitious urban forest targets, cities must attempt to maintain or increase trees and canopy cover on private urban land too. In this study, we review and evaluate international approaches to protecting and retaining trees on private urban land. Our study combines a systematic academic literature review, two empirical social science studies on the views of urban forest professionals, and a global case study review of innovative regulations and incentives aimed at protecting and retaining trees on private urban land. Case studies were evaluated for the extent they exceeded minimum standards or went beyond ..

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Awarded by Australia Government

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the city officers, urban forest professionals, urban forest stakeholders, and international professional leaders who have participated in this study. Thanks also to those who have kindly shared their insight and experience and been so generous with their time by participating in our surveys and workshops. The authors also wish to thank the Cities of Ballarat, Moreland, and Melbourne for their support and the organizers of the European Forum on Urban Forests (May 2019) and the Nature of Cities Summit (June 2019) for allowing us to host the workshops. This project has been funded by Hort Innovation Australia using the nursery research and development levy and funds from the Australia Government (grant number NY18002). The research partnerships in this work were also supported by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub funded by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program, and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant number LP160100780.