“Ours has become a planet of urban dwellers in a very short time. Already, over half of humanity lives in urban areas. Two thirds will do so in the lifetimes of most people now living on Earth.
“This trend is already having profound consequences, for the environment and for people. Everywhere nature is being squeezed and people are losing contact with it. The implications are many and diverse, but they make the conservation of nature ever more urgent and often more difficult to deliver. It is this that makes urban protected areas a matter of crucial concern.
“As our cities continue to grow, we must not abandon the protection of natural areas to the pressures of urbanization, but should instead defend such places,
and indeed try to create new space for nature within the urban fabric.
” Connecting people to nature should be an imperative for the whole conservation movement, and urban protected areas are well placed to do this. ”
– excerpts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature – World Commision on Protected Areas publication “Urban Protected Areas, Best Practice and Guidelines” (2014).
The Royal National Park is featured as one of fifteen word wide case studies of Urban Protected Areas by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Urban Specialist Group.
The IUCN World Parks Congress will be hosted in Sydney in November 2014. The congress delegates will be visiting the Royal National Park. How ironic then that scientifically valuable vegetation at Spring Gully, cited as supporting the World Heritage values of the Royal National Park, is under direct threat of clearing for development.
The IUCN “Urban Protected Areas” publication goes on to state –
“Urban people are crucial for nature conservation, nationally and globally. Towns and cities are where most people live, where wealth is concentrated, and where communications and the media are based… Reconnecting them with nature is important, if they are to tell their leaders that nature conservation is a priority.”
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IUCN WCPA Urban Protected Areas Book [PDF]