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Bringing Urban Biodiversity Research into Practice

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Cities and towns are the largest construct ever made on earth by a single species, Homo sapiens. Since humans abandoned their nomadic lifestyle, they started to build villages and towns, organising their communities and societies within and around them. Over time, urban expansion has caused numerous species, habitats and even whole ecosystems to be destroyed and altered. Peri-urban areas have been progressively cleared to make space for new developments and agricultural fields to feed an increasingly large human population. For the first time in biological history, novel urban habitats and ecosystems with no counterpart in the natural world have been created by human intervention, creativity and power (Gilbert 1989). Overall, this complex and rich variety of urban species, habitats and ecosystems is what we now commonly define as urban biodiversity (i.e. urban biological diversity).
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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