WHAT IS URBIS?
The Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS) comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The concept of urban biosphere emerged amidst increasing awareness that cities are not discrete, self-contained entities, but rather are dynamic nodes of activity, absorbing vast quantities of natural resources, producing massive amounts of waste, interacting profoundly with their encompassing bioregions, and substantially altering both near and distant ecosystems. At the same time, modern cities offer unprecedented and often untapped opportunities for innovation, efficiency-gains, leadership and social organization. The imperative for action to harness such opportunities and render extractive cities more ecologically restorative spurred the birth of an international initiative to address the design and governance of urban regions and surrounding ecosystems. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies.
The URBIS Webinar Series is a global platform for online dialogue, held the first Thursday of every month, that brings together representatives of cities and local governments and leading experts from around the world to share experiences and address specific urban challenges focusing…
Urban Natural Assets for Africa
ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center together with project partners SwedBio, Stockholm Resilience Center, JRS-Foundation, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and the African Center for Cities, are designing a cutting edge program to support the local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, to conserve and protect…
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