At a time when the world is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate, and that loss has been linked to disease outbreaks, urban nature is more important than ever. Yet urbanization is a major cause of habitat loss – which drives much of the staggering loss of biodiversity With thoughtful planning, cities can connect habitats within and outside of city limits in ways that help protect populations of animals and plants that would otherwise be fragmented and vulnerable to extinction. This article is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Wild boars have descended from the hills and entered Barcelona, and sika deer have been seen strolling deserted metro stations in Japan . While such unusual visitors will retreat as Covid-19 is brought under control, their sudden presence and more subtle changes in urban nature highlight an important dimension for post Covid-19 recovery: the integration of nature in cities to support both human health and biodiversity. At a time when the world is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate , and that loss has been linked to disease outbreaks , urban nature is more important than ever. Yet urbanization is a […]

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