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Ana Faggi

Ana Faggi

Argentine National Council of Research
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ana Faggi is a researcher at the Argentine National Council of Research. She is also dean in the School of Ecological Engineering at the Flores University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research and teaching have been focused on regional ecology particularly on restoration and the conservation of biodiversity.

March 9, 2015
Parks and plazas of Buenos Aires. Centenario and Rivadavia – Parks (above left and right); Misericordia and Pueyrredón Plazas (below left and right).

Parks have been significant sources of open space in urban history, ranging from private, even sacred spaces to fully public spaces serving as central points of social interaction and recreation (Stanley et al. 2012). On any given day, many thousands of people spend several hours outdoors in their local park simply living their lives. In … Continue reading Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires?

January 9, 2015

A review of Designing Greenways: Sustainable Landscapes for Nature and People (Second Edition), 2006 by Paul Cawood Hellmund and Daniel Somers Smith (editors), 270 pp. ISBN 1-55963-325-5. Island Press, Washington Greenways (GW)—from  wide wild areas to narrow urban trails—are linear bands of land and water designed and managed for multiple purposes such as nature conservation, flood water … Continue reading Practical Advice for the Design of Greenways

September 14, 2014
To the left of the picture dark colours showing litter, death trees and fish, and a contaminating industry near their homes. To the right, harmony between the urban fabric and the nature nearby. Drawn by Valentina,13 years old

Environmental perception by people is complex and dynamic. Individuals are active agents in their perceptions of nature—not passive receivers of information—while the environment is a global unity on which environmental processes within cities are based. Cognitive, interpretive and evaluative components are all incorporated into the perceptual processes of individuals. The world we perceive is a … Continue reading We Should Look at Urban Nature More Through the Eyes of Children 

February 26, 2014
Fig. 2 In Buenos Aires city native (Zenaida auriculata) and exotic doves (Columba livia) are very abundant in compacted build areas with higher population density. They dominate especially in neighborhoods with lower presence of parks.

Recently Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, has begun a transformation to reduce the urban processes that have negative effects on biodiversity. The city has an area of 202 square kilometers and a population of 2.9 million. Every day up to four million people enter in the city from the metropolitan area to work. … Continue reading Buenos Aires Tries to Design for Biodiversity

September 8, 2013
Schöneberger Südgelände, Berlin. Photo: Ana Faggi

Today I would like to celebrate the First Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE), which took place at the end of July in Berlin, just in the place where urban ecology emerged as a discipline. And also I’ll consider what our discipline of urban ecology has to say to people in cities such … Continue reading The Power of Unkempt Wilderness in the Hearts of Berlin and Buenos Aires

March 24, 2013

Evidence from many cities around the world shows that urbanization is a widespread process that homogenises biota as ecological communities become more alike one another through the introduction and extinction of species. On account of this process, there is great concern about the conservation of local biodiversity, which may suffer a decline due to the … Continue reading Vegetation Changes Associated with Coastal Tourist Urbanization

October 26, 2012

Botanical gardens (BGs) are places where people like to be. They provide not only amenities and relaxation for the visitors but opportunities to learn about plants and their environment. In many cases they represent one of the few opportunities for city dwellers to connect with nature. At the same time provide an exceptional introduction to … Continue reading Botanical Gardens: More Than Places at Which the Plants Are Labelled