Recovering nature in our cities: benefits, challenges and opportunities

29 Sep 2022 18:00 - 19:30

Cities have long been perceived as spaces of little conservation relevance, yet local urban wildlife underpins the provision of a range of ecosystem services, including climate and water regulation and reduction in air pollution levels. In the face of rapid changes in climatic conditions and increased frequency and intensity of extreme natural events, urban nature recovery could be key to securing resilient cities and ensuring wildlife and people’s wellbeing. How to recover nature in cities is however far from straightforward, with challenges and opportunities varying tremendously according to the approach considered and the local socio-ecological contexts. This event will discuss differences and complementarities in approaches to nature recovery in cities, looking at the suite of factors and issues that may shape their potential to increase ecosystem services delivery in urban environments. It will explore how urban nature recovery could support wildlife recovery while triggering new challenges for human-wildlife coexistence in cities. Importantly, it will compare and contrast approaches to support local management decisions, providing recommendations and guidelines that should help identify best pathways for nature recovery.


  • Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, ZSL: "Rewilding cities - how does it work, and what are the challenges"
    • Dr Chris Carbone, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, ZSL: "Rewilding Cities: London Hogwatch"
    • Joe Pecorelli, Conservation Project Manager, Marine and Freshwater, Conservation & Policy, ZSL: "Restoring urban river ecosystems - the importance of working across sectors"
    • This event will be chaired by Dr Andrew Terry, Director of Conservation & Policy, ZSL.



    Attending this event

    • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend but registration is required so we can monitor event numbers.

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    • The event will feature talks from several speakers, followed by a Q&A discussion panel. It will run from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, and doors will open at 5:30pm.
    • Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre at the Meeting Rooms of the Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, NW1 4RY. See map (number 2 on the Key). 
    • Travel: Nearest underground: Camden Town Station; Nearest bus: no. 274.
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    • Covid-19: In order to protect other attendees, please do not attend this event if you have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 or had direct contact with an individual diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19. Please also consider not attending if you are displaying symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, or take a test beforehand if you are able to. If you are unable to come, please refund your ticket so we can reallocate the space to another attendee. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our events safe.


    ZSL Library & Archive Talks

    ZSL Library & Archives will be open before the event and will offer free introductory talks to its special collections from 4.45pm - 5.05pm; no need to book. The Library will remain open until the event starts at 5:30pm. Please click here for further information about the Library, and email if you have any questions.

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