Cities and Biodiversity
There’s a short presentation online that introduces the benefits and urgency for all countries to do more for Cities and Biodiversity. The presenters have some key messages on their web site.
Key Messages for Cities and Biodiversity
- Urbanization is both a challenge and an opportunity to manage ecosystem services globally.
- Rich biodiversity can exist in cities.
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services are critical natural capital.
- Maintaining functioning urban ecosystems can significantly improve human health and well-being.
- Urban ecosystem services and biodiversity can help contribute to climate-change mitigation and adaptation.
- Increasing the biodiversity of urban food systems can enhance food and nutrition security.
- Ecosystem services must be integrated in urban policy and planning.
- Successful management of biodiversity and ecosystem services must be based on multi-scale, multi-sectoral, and multi-stakeholder involvement.
- Cities offer unique opportunities for learning and education about a resilient and sustainable future.
- Cities have a large potential to generate innovations and governance tools and therefore can and must take the lead in sustainable development.
For more on the key messages – see this link to their web site – click here.
The presentation follows:
and if you wish to download their documentation – click here.
This scientific work is a partnership between
- the UN Convention on Biological Diversity,
- the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and
- Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).
Paul Costigan, 10 February 2014