Green Form and Function versus Green Nativism: In changing urban spaces full of novel ecosystems and natural assemblages, is native purity a viable option?
The alien-native debate is always good for hot controversy, but usually risks simplification. This particularly holds for cities.
“Native purity” in urban ecosystems can be a useful aspiration—but it is a nearly impossible goal. It is far more reasonable to manage our dynamic urban biosphere based on the advantages and limitations of individual species, whether native or introduced. (2015) Contributions by 12 academicians from around the world on The Nature of Cities.