CitiNature is a project that brings a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the ‘Green Divide’, the inequitable distribution of green amenities in cities around the world. The project investigates and documents how people of lower socioeconomic status almost universally suffer from inferior access to quality green amenities, such as street trees and parks. Recognizing the complex interplay of politics, science and nature, CitiNature works with local experts, government agencies and community activists to devise and share broad-based approaches to ameliorating the divide.
latest from the CitiNature blog
The Bogota Green Divide: In 2011-2012 CitiNature conducted a 9-month study of the street-tree canopy in Bogotá, Colombia. Our findings were starkly revealing and showed a stunning contrast between wealthy neighborhoods and poor neighborhoods in terms of tree coverage. We generated the first set of published data on street-tree inequality in any developing-world city, conclusively demonstrating the green divide in Bogotá and providing a basic model for stree-tree equity studies in other cities around the world. Click below for a summary report.
New Research Project. August, 2013: CitiNature is launching a book project on the Green Divide. The book will look at unique solutions to urban greening challenges in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of a number of cities around the world, including Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Shanghai and Bogota. It will be a synthesis of the latest academic thinking on the topic, reviews of political and government policy developments, and real-life practice in the most problematic urban environments in the world
Inequality: A Colombian Mirror. This short report takes a look at inequality in Colombia and the United States, finding parallels and a disturbing trend in the United States.
in the news
An excellent article in the New York Times on soil biodiversity.