Cities and biodiversity

The U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity has posted a second review draft of a forthcoming report on cities and biodiversity. Entitled “A Global Assessment of the Links between Urbanization, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services,” the report includes a strong list of “key messages,” each of which is elaborated in this draft:

  • Urbanization is both a challenge and an opportunity to manage humanity’s ecological footprint.
  • Rich biodiversity can exist in cities.
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services represent critical natural capital.
  • Urban ecosystems significantly improve human health.
  • Incorporating biodiversity and ecosystems in urban planning and design helps reduce carbon emissions and enhance adaptation to climate change.
  • Food and nutrition security depend on local and biodiversity-based food systems.
  • Ecosystem functions must be integrated in urban policy and planning.
  • Successful management of biodiversity and ecosystem services includes all levels and all sectors.
  • 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.

H/t to Timon McPhearson’s recent article on the group blog The Nature of Cities.

  • ann 6 Sep 2012, 12:39 am


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