What makes a BiodiverCity?

Australia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, earning its place on the list thanks to its subtropical climate zone (more specifically its latitudinal location between 25 and 40 degrees south of the equator – you can find out more about designing for the subtropics in our story Breathing Space).

Each of the most biodiverse countries around the globe shares another common trait, however – rapid urbanisation. This could easily mean the wants and needs of humans taking priority over those of indigenous flora and fauna, yet in many cases the two manage to co-exist successfully.

In a recent piece published in The Guardian, Feike De Jong attempts to calculate which city is the world’s most biodiverse, and in doing so has uncovered some interesting advantages to maintaining a rich mix of animal and plant life; not least the mitigation of extreme temperatures and the filtering of pollutants.

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