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Urban ecological restoration has been the focus of our New Zealand government funded research since 2005. Our most recent research programme People, Cities and Nature (https://www.peoplecitiesnature.co.nz/research) was initiated in 2016. The programme seeks to improve the quality of life, health and economic wellbeing in New Zealand’s cities and towns through advanced understanding of urban ecology and the creation of flourishing natural environments. Multidisciplinary research is being undertaken in nine NZ cities via six inter-related projects: Restoration plantings Urban lizards Mammalian predators Māori restoration values Green space benefits Cross-sector alliances While our emphasis was on the ecological science of urban biodiversity restoration at the outset, we have become increasingly involved in understanding the multiple benefits of urban ecological restoration projects including social cohesion and health and recreation benefits. Our presentation will focus on the progress made in bringing indigenous nature back into Hamilton City on North Island NZ since the advent of two community-based initiatives the Gully Restoration Programme (2000) and the establishment of Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park (2004). Our research has strongly underpinned the design and management of both projects and documented the many benefits they provide to the city and its people.
Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019
Society for Ecological Restoration