Adapting our city landscapes and spaces to meet climate challenges
Ian Shears is the Manager of Urban Sustainability at the City of Melbourne. His presentations are renowned for having many images of inspiring landscapes, integrated with fascinating data.
Ian is a renowned and award-winning champion of urban forestry and biophilic cities, and is one of Australia’s leading experts in urban landscapes and urban forestry. He has specialised in horticulture for over 20 years and has worked for over a decade with the City of Melbourne. He is one of Australia’s leading experts in urban landscapes and urban forestry.
Ian and his team have been credited with the development of some of Australia’s most progressive environmental projects and policies, which have also been internationally awarded.
In this talk Ian will examine how, as Melburnians, we have inherited a tradition of carefully maintained landscapes and trees. However with climate change come new opportunities and challenges in science, art and culture, and we need to ensure that we leave these areas as our legacy for future generations.
Ian will talk about the challenges of preserving and renewing Melbourne’s inner city parks and gardens, with a focus on the Queen Victoria Gardens (opp. the NGV), the Domain Parklands and the Shrine Reserve. in this context he will address the following topics:
Landscape Adaptation to Climate Change: total water cycle management
Urban Forestry: new plantings and species selection
Green Governance: for the health and wellbeing of plants and people