Examining the effects of urbanisation on biodiversity conservation and development
Limited research has been conducted on urban landscape organisation (land-sharing or land-sparing development) and on urban insect diversity and its high economic, social and ecological importance. Human–nature interactions play a critical role in the debate on how to create nature-friendlier, healthier cities. The EU-funded INSANE project will offer novel information to this debate by studying the impact of urbanisation on multiple components of insect diversity in an understudied hotspot of the Mediterranean; exploring if land-sharing or land-sparing urban areas hold different insect diversity levels; and investigating the influence of urban landscape organisation on subjective well-being and the extinction of experience, critical for human–nature interactions. INSANE will provide a useful tool for predicting insect diversity and human–nature interactions in non-sampled urban areas.