A collaboration between Greener Spaces Better Places and Living Melbourne

As anyone working in the urban greening space will know all too well, there’s no shortage of information, tools, resources and case studies out there that can help you to plan, manage, protect and enhance green cover.

The trouble is, however, this information is often disparate and incomplete – making it difficult to access the most appropriate tools, resources and best practice examples.

That’s why we've collected these existing materials together – including tools, guides, publications and case studies – and curate the best of them in a single place: right here, in the Urban Greeners' Resource Hub.

This Hub has been curated following consultation with a panel of urban greening implementation, research and technical experts from across Australia, and we gratefully acknowledge their support and input.

Know about a resource that you believe should be considered in further iterations of the Hub? Please get in touch.

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AILA Green Infrastructure Position Statement

By Australian Institute of Landscape Architects – 2020

AILA’s position statements articulate and clarify AILA’s position on a number of relevant and topical issues and have been developed to help communicate these to the public, the media and our members alike.

National Urban greening benefits

Cities for People and Nature

By Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub – 2020

The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub has released a free e-book, Cities for People and Nature. The e-book showcases the hub’s findings following six years of research. It follows five key themes: cities are Indigenous places, air quality, urban greening, urban biodiversity and future cities. It also explores the impact that the Hub’s research has made on the sustainability and liveability of our urban environments. Readers can interact with the multimedia elements, including video and audio, and find links to useful resources, such as apps, factsheets, reports and more.

Victoria Urban greening benefits Reporting, Measurement & Tracking

Evaluating Revealed Preferences for Street Tree Cover Targets: A Business Case for Collaborative Investment in Leafier Streetscapes in Brisbane, Australia

By Lyndal Plant – 2017

Many cities are seeking to optimise the ecosystem service benefits of urban trees by incorporating goals for increasing tree canopy cover into strategies that promote liveability and urban sustainability. This study adapts revealed preference valuation techniques as a combined policy evaluation and business case tool with broader application to urban forest planning and investment. In partnership with Alicia Rambaldi and Neil Sipe.

Queensland Urban greening benefits

Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

By The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – 2019

This report represents a critical assessment - the first ever carried out by an intergovernmental body -of the status and trends of the natural world, the social implications of these trends, their direct and indirect causes, and, importantly, the actions that can still be taken to ensure a better future for all. These complex links have been assessed using a simple, yet very inclusive framework that should resonate with a wide range of stakeholders, since it recognises diverse world views, values and knowledge systems.

International Urban greening benefits

Living Melbourne: Our Metropolitan Urban Forest (strategy)

By The Nature Conservancy – 2019

The Nature Conservancy in partnership with Resilient Melbourne have developed Living Melbourne: our metropolitan urban forest – a bold new strategy for a greener, more liveable Melbourne. A flagship action of the Resilient Melbourne strategy Living Melbourne presents a transformative approach to respond to urban challenges with nature. Living Melbourne is the cumulative result of over two years of collaboration to develop the evidence base and actions required to connect, extend and enhance urban greening across the metropolitan area. In an unprecedented effort, Living Melbourne has been endorsed by 41 organisations representing local government, Victorian government, water authorities, statutory agencies and industry bodies. In partnership with Resilient Melbourne.

Victoria Urban greening benefits State-specific

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious Cities

By United Nations Habitat – 2008

Half of humanity now lives in cities, and within two decades, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s people will be urban dwellers. Urban growth is most rapid in the developing world, where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month. As cities grow in size and population, harmony among the spatial, social and environmental aspects of a city and between their inhabitants becomes of paramount importance.

Queensland Urban greening benefits

Valuing Green Guide

By City of Melbourne – 2019

This document is a summary of work by a team from Victoria University and the University of Melbourne who surveyed the economic benefits of green roofs, walls and façades in the research literature and industry reports.

Victoria Urban greening benefits