27 Feb 2017
2017 100RC Melbourne Network Exchange

The 2017 Melbourne Network Exchange brought together resilience teams from 100 Resilient Cities member cities Melbourne, Boulder, Durban, New Orleans and Semarang in a three-day event: Urban Biodiversity and City Resilience.

Drawing on four Living Laboratory Sites—Western Water Treatment Plant, Wyndham City Council, Brimbank City Council and Banyule City Council—specialists delivered their expertise and insights into addressing resilience issues in their areas.

Resilient Melbourne and Cities Programme Intern Helia Shahmiri said that this event was highly valuable in expanding her knowledge in biodiversity resilience. “I had the opportunity to meet and engage with a wide variety of resilience specialists, which has been one of the many privileges of this internship – learning in the field and not in a classroom.”

As stated by Melbourne Chief Resilience Officer, Toby Kent, “People are at the heart of all cities – but people rely on nature and there is an urgent need to evolve our cities so that they protect and enhance increasingly depleted natural systems. Natural ecosystems, both within and beyond the urban environment, provide goods and services essential for the well-being of residents, including food, water, air quality, climate regulation,  protection from natural hazards, and the delivery of measurable health benefits. A biodiverse environment is desirable in its own right and as an indicator of the health and functioning of these natural ecosystems.”

Photos from 100RC website.