Urban agriculture as a nature-based solution to address socio-ecological challenges in Australian cities

Jonathan Kingsley*, Monika Egerer, Sonia Nuttman, Lucy Keniger, Philip Pettitt, Niki Frantzeskaki, Tonia Gray, Alessandro Ossola, Brenda Lin, Aisling Bailey, Danielle Tracey, Sara Barron, Pauline Marsh

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    Australia is currently grappling with a range of social and environmental challenges, many of which impact the way our public health system, and society more broadly, function. In this short communication paper we explore urban agriculture in Australia as a Nature-Based Solution (NBS) to address some of the ecological, social, economic and health challenges facing the continent. We argue that urban agriculture has the potential to mitigate the effects of climate change extremes while simultaneously providing multiple benefits such as improving wellbeing, people-nature connections, and food security. We present three exemplar case studies diverse in geography, context and governance from Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales exploring verge gardening, market gardening, and a community greening program respectively to highlight the benefits of urban agriculture as a NBS. We advocate that various forms of urban agriculture need to be researched and considered for their potential impacts and multiple benefits to be fully supported, governed, and understood in light of the social-ecological challenges Australian cities face.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number127059
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
    Publication statusPublished - May 2021


    • Urban agriculture
    • Nature-Based solution
    • Australia


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