Journal article

Building biodiversity into the urban fabric: A case study in applying Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD)

H Kirk, GE Garrard, T Croeser, A Backstrom, K Berthon, C Furlong, J Hurley, F Thomas, A Webb, SA Bekessy

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening | Elsevier | Published : 2021


Biodiversity within cities is fundamental for human health and well-being, and delivers a wide range of critical ecosystem services. However, biodiversity is often viewed as an afterthought or final addition once an urban development nears completion. As such, provisions for biodiversity are typically tokenistic and do not achieve the experience of everyday nature that people need. Considering biodiversity requirements at the start of an urban development allows for strategic, intentional design with biodiversity enhancement in mind. Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD) is a protocol that aims to create urban areas that deliver on-site benefit to native species and ecosystems through t..

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