The governance of private residential land in cities and spatial effects on tree cover

Daniel, Claire, Morrison, Tiffany H. and Phinn, Stuart (2016) The governance of private residential land in cities and spatial effects on tree cover. Environmental Science and Policy, 62 79-89. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2016.01.015

Author Daniel, Claire
Morrison, Tiffany H.
Phinn, Stuart
Title The governance of private residential land in cities and spatial effects on tree cover
Journal name Environmental Science and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6416
Publication date 2016-08
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.01.015
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 62
Start page 79
End page 89
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Trees in cities supply ecosystem services, including cooling, storm water quality management, habitat, visual screening and softening of built form. There is an expanding interdisciplinary field encompassing biodiversity, ecosystem services, and stewardship networks in cities. However most of this work focuses on public greenspace. While much work has been done to demonstrate that trees on private land are an important complement to the public urban forest, and to understand the social drivers of such, less is known about the governance of private greenspace in cities. Private land contributes to a significant component of a city's tree cover, particularly in cities characterised by low-density residential suburbs. It is important to understand the mechanisms that govern private tree cover, given the pace and scale of urbanisation globally. We combined policy and spatial analysis to examine the influence of larger and denser forms of residential development on suburban tree cover and the scope of contemporary governance measures. We interrogated tree cover patterns in the rapidly densifying and consolidating city of Brisbane, Australia, to show that private residential tree cover is explained by dwelling density, housing age, terrain slope, high school education, and household income. Results show significantly (30%) less tree cover in low-density residential suburbs developed since the early 1990s. We develop five governance principles for reversing the decline of urban trees on private residential property that may be transferable to other rapidly developing cities in around the world.
Keyword Environmental governance
Private land
Urban governance
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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