Why bother with urban biodiversity? … I can mention at least four reasons for knowing, caring and doing something to protect all the species in our cities….
1.- cities offer an enormous niche and an opportunity for biodiversity conservation
2.- urban settlements are inevitably growing in size and density and are one of the major threats to nature conservation.
3.- cities tend to be located in important biodiversity hotspots
4.- urban ecosystems provide a platform for citizens to understand the natural processes that govern global sustainability and provide them with several different social and psychological benefits.
Wanna do something about it? Get involved in urban planning and development in your home city! There is a lot of room for biologists, ecologist and conservationists in general. For example, green infrastructures such as green roofs and walls for food production, carbon sequestration, regulation of temperature could be the perfect scenario for the restoration of ecosystems, and the reintroduction of some native plants, birds, small mammals, insects that otherwise would not have a chance to co-exist with cities. It is true that many native species won’t resist to urban conditions but such technologies have the potential to restore the ecosystem’s functioning and to reconnect cities with the natural cycles.
How many species live next you? do you know them? Go out and explore!!!!! See below a beauty you can find in the North of Quito-Ecuador 😉