The way we are accustomed to designing our cities, with paved streets and grand buildings, has proven to be less resilient to the effects of climate change. Preserving natural environments, forests and biodiversity in urban areas is vital for sustaining life and plays a major role in the fight against climate change.
As a result of increased urbanisation, cities have a big impact and can contribute to increased biodiversity. Rich and healthy ecosystems provide us with many benefits and are vital to our survival. The key to ensuring that cities can thrive as ecosystems lies in ensuring that more species are also benefited through a targeted approach to habitat design. Supporting biodiversity and planning urban areas for increased resilience to climate change can also benefit people living in cities.
The Urban Insight report “Building in biodiversity: For climate, for health”, offers key actions urban planners, architects, engineers, environmental technologists and citizens can take to encourage biodiversity in urban spaces.