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What is the scope for nature in cities?

A growing majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. The fastest population growth and most extensive urban expansion is expected to take place in the global south: Asia, Africa and Latin America. Much of the growth is expected in some of the world’s most biodiversity rich areas, including the Western Ghats in India, and Sri Lanka. At the same time, the most heavily affected regions and countries often have limited economic resources and institutional capacities to deal with the growth.

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Heritage trees of Cape Town: beacons of local history & culture

Old trees, found in almost any city, may have led extraordinary lives, witnessing profound landscape transformations, events of historical significance, great suffering & elation. Over time, these ‘heritage trees’ can develop distinctive personalities, reflected in the various anecdotes that we attach to them. They can shed light on the cultural value systems and economic priorities of bygone generations. They can also provide starting points for journeys of learning about a city - journeys that have no fixed route or endpoint.

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Health, disease, and wildlife conservation in the Pacific Islands

Mention “disease” or “death” in a conversation, and the listener will typically cringe, wince, and turn away in disgust. Yet disease and death are part and parcel of life as we know it and play an important role in wildlife conservation, particularly for threatened and endangered species.

Perspective

Day out with a herder

Lessons for ecosystem management can be learnt from local communities that have been dependent on a particular landscape for many generations. They care about it since it is their life-line.

Interview

Nigel Collar

His love for birds eventually took him to the world of threatened bustards, perhaps a far cry from the doctorate degree in English Literature that he received from the University of East Anglia. For the last four decades since then, he has worked extensively on numerous conservation projects to protect bustards and other birds all over the world.