Article

A renewed framework for urban biodiversity governance: urban pigeons as a case-study

Zina Skandrani, Marion Desquilbet, and Anne-Caroline Prévot

Abstract

In a globally urbanizing world, interactions between individuals and nature are progressively decreasing. In this context, it is not uncommon that the presence of some remaining animal species in cities causes problems to urban citizens and results in conflicts among stakeholders. Here, we propose a novel vision of the relations between urban citizens, local authorities and urban nature, taking the example of urban pigeons. We combined ecological and sociological concepts as well as data to propose a new working framework to build an integrative governance of urban nature. We showed how effective it is to change the focus on elements of nature only by including the interrelations between humans and nature. We highlighted the importance of institutional messages when dealing with biodiversity issues. We conclude by calling for a holistic vision in the implementation of policy on urban nature.

Keywords

city; governance; urban pigeons; socioecological systems; public policies;

Reference

Zina Skandrani, Marion Desquilbet, and Anne-Caroline Prévot, A renewed framework for urban biodiversity governance: urban pigeons as a case-study, Natures Sciences Sociétés, 2019, forthcoming.

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Natures Sciences Sociétés, 2019, forthcoming