Dalton Gibbs

South Africa
City of Cape Town
BII expert in: Birds and plants

My work involves planning, implementation and restoration of conservation areas within the urban context of the Fynbos Biome.

Urban infrastructure, such as roads, sewer and power lines result in not only fragmentation of natural habitat but “edge effects” that extend their influence in to ecosystems. Even in well managed city’s, edge effects can significantly impact on biodiversity in protected areas. This is particularly relevant in landscapes of low nutrient and high diversity. Urbanisation also disrupts ecosystem drivers such as fire, hydrology or large scale herbivory; these then need to be mimicked.