Florida is currently the third most populous state in the Country and the third fastest growing state, with more than 1,000 people moving into the state every day. This migration to the Sunshine state is no surprise, as Florida has some of the most unique, beautiful and attractive natural systems in the nation, if not the world. However, this population pressure is jeopardizing the state’s lands, water, and wildlife, and ultimately, the quality of life of its residents.
Urban communities in Florida enjoy some of the best weather in the nation, and are renowned for their diversity, liveliness and dynamism. But they also endure some of the highest temperatures in the country and recurring impacts of hurricanes and other storms more than any other state residents. In addition, the increasing footprint of development reshapes urban area surroundings and identity, and diminishes the quality of natural systems.
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The Nature Conservancy is exploring and implementing ways to ensure that nature and the benefits it brings are incorporated into existing and developing cities in order to alleviate threats in currently urbanized areas, and capitalize on opportunities to balance development with nature – to do right with nature and by nature -- within our communities.
The Nature Conservancy has a vision of biophilic cities throughout the state, that is, cities where nature and development are linked and nature and people thrive. Miami has been selected as the first city in Florida for the Conservancy’s comprehensive efforts. There, we will implement strategies to create high visibility projects with the support of key stakeholders who can affect policy or influence other decision-makers, support grass roots actions with communities who demand change, and take innovative planning approaches that help redefine the boundaries and design of urban development. Specifically, we will implement measures to help:
- Connect people with nature
- Improve water quality and mitigate flooding
- Protect coastal communities and slow erosion
- Alleviate poor air quality and urban heat islands
- Safeguard the diversity of urban wildlife
See how we're revitalizing a neighborhood park and urban trail beneath Miami’s Metrorail.
The next generation of conservation experts are hard at work at several of Miami’s public schools, researching, designing, installing, and tending to their own student gardens.
See photos of our global senior staff at work on Miami’s Virginia Key, where they went to work to improve mangrove and beach habitats to benefit natural systems and people.
Learn how growing cities are putting severe pressure on natural resources by increasing demand for food, water and energy.
Learn how we are restoring natural systems to protect communities against natural hazards and environmental risks, and improve their quality of life.
The Nature Conservancy, Miami-Dade County, and several partners are currently collaborating on projects in the Miami metropolitan area to bring nature to communities and improve their quality of life.
Quantifying the benefits of urban trees in 245 major cities around the globe — including Miami.
The Nature Conservancy and Citizens For A Better South Florida joined with local volunteers to plant trees in Miami’s West Perrine neighborhood as part of the efforts towards urban greening and community forestry stewardship.
Thanks to a grant from The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program, students from Northwestern High School in Miami are getting insight into the value of a native eco-system.
New partnerships and pilot projects in Miami-Dade County use natural infrastructure to make communities safer and more resilient
Read about the Miami-Dade Resilient Action Design
Natural structures like oyster reefs, mangrove stands and marshes help protect Florida's coastline.
Read how the Conservancy has played a significant role in examining how future adaptation options such as nature-based solutions can enhance ecological restoration within several of the resolutions passed to address climate change impacts.
As rising waters threaten coastal areas, communities are rethinking development and realizing that nature is their best first line of defense.