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Urban agriculture as a nature-based solution to address socio-ecological challenges in Australian cities

Kingsley, J, Egerer, M, Nuttman, S, Keniger, L, Pettitt, P, Frantzeskaki, N, Gray, T, Ossola, A, Lin, B, Bailey, A, Tracey, D, Barron, S and Marsh, P ORCID: 0000-0002-4371-2628 2021 , 'Urban agriculture as a nature-based solution to address socio-ecological challenges in Australian cities' , Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol. 60 , doi: 10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127059.

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Abstract

Australia is currently grappling with a range of social and environmental challenges, many of which impact theway our public health system, and society more broadly, function. In this short communication paper we exploreurban agriculture in Australia as a Nature-Based Solution (NBS) to address some of the ecological, social, economicand health challenges facing the continent. We argue that urban agriculture has the potential to mitigatethe effects of climate change extremes while simultaneously providing multiple benefits such as improvingwellbeing, people-nature connections, and food security. We present three exemplar case studies diverse ingeography, context and governance from Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales exploring vergegardening, market gardening, and a community greening program respectively to highlight the benefits of urbanagriculture as a NBS. We advocate that various forms of urban agriculture need to be researched and consideredfor their potential impacts and multiple benefits to be fully supported, governed, and understood in light of thesocial-ecological challenges Australian cities face.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kingsley, J and Egerer, M and Nuttman, S and Keniger, L and Pettitt, P and Frantzeskaki, N and Gray, T and Ossola, A and Lin, B and Bailey, A and Tracey, D and Barron, S and Marsh, P
Keywords: urban agriculture, nature-based solution, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
Publisher: Elsevier GmbH
ISSN: 1618-8667
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127059
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