EP.04 – URBAN BIOGEOGRAPHY RESTORING ECOLOGY IN THE CITY–THE CASE OF LOS ANGELES:
In this episode of the Urban Futures Podcast, we speak with Travis Longcore
, Associate Adjunct Professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and director of The Urban Wildlands Group.
During our session, Travis speaks about the essential role nature and biodiversity play in cities. From an ecological perspective, he highlights the interdependences between urban settings and species conservation, stressing our dependence on urban conservation to protect and preserve habitat and wildlife. In his work as a scientist, Travis calls attention to the biogeographical disproportions in the urban landscape contributing to widening the urban nature gap. Travis shares with us, his experiences and lessons learned on the Green Vision Plan for the City of Los Angeles, Unpaving paradise: the Green Visions Plan(2012)
and explains the key challenges hindering progress in urban ecology still today; e.g., park equity in communities with insufficient access to green space; and the lack of government and community recognition of the value in nature for ecological restoration. In making LA a biodiversity-conscious community, it is evident that the connection between socioecological processes and habitat protection offer opportunities for greening cities.