Melbourne on Port Phillip Bay We are showing how green infrastructure, such as planting trees in cities, can address urban challenges. © Sierra Toomey

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At The Nature Conservancy, we do things a little differently.

When people think of cities, they often think of just the built environment. But cities can and should be places for nature to thrive as well—not just for wildlife, but for the benefit of people too.

Across the world, people are moving into cities at a faster rate than ever before. For the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s people now live in cities. This ongoing mass urban migration places cities under tremendous pressure.

Australian cities are consistently regarded among the world’s most livable with access to transport, housing, health, education, the arts and the natural amenity of beaches, parks and rivers.

However, as Australian cities grow larger, they face new challenges including excessive heat, water scarcity, congestion and the loss of biodiversity.

Nature can help meet these challenges. We’re excited about our project to develop the Melbourne Metropolitan Urban Forest Strategy.

That’s bringing nature’s power to the city.

Visit our Australia website to learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s work in Australia.