Centre, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town
Rescaling natural parks and the city
The Urban Protected Areas
Network will host its 3rd BiodiverCities International Conference in
Cape Town, 7-9 April 2014. This year’s conference will focus on issues of scale
in urban park management and policies. While the natural park itself can be
seen as an obvious level of management, with a clear ecological and
institutional level of organisation, its position within a metropolitan area
implies a more complex size and scope for park and city management.
proposes an opportunity for collective reflection on relationships between city
and nature, through the showcase and exchange of experience and strategies for
sustainable management of protected areas in changing urban contexts, from both
Northern and Southern perspectives. In an explicitly comparative undertaking,
this event brings together managers both of protected areas and of the cities
they intersect, contributing to a community of urban nature researchers and
practitioners. In this context, it is our pleasure to invite you to the
2014: The BiodiverCities Conference will take place in the SANBI Conference
Centre in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town.
2014: The conference will be followed by a one-day fieldtrip that will
symbolically and physically link the Table Mountain National Park and the
Nature Reserves of the City of Cape Town.