Save the date!
Urban Nature 2015: Local Action for Biodiversity, April 11-12, 2015, will explore the value of integrated approaches to planning and managing water and biodiversity and will provide a platform to share information, showcase good case studies, encourage interactive discussion, and offer inspiration for cities.
Biodiersity and water are inextricably linked, both underpinning the well-being of humankind, and both with significant impact on the social and economic success of cities, including for food and water security, climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Water supports all biodiversity, both aquatic and terrestrial, and the quality and quantity of water influences the provision of invaluable ecosystem services. Biodiversity by the same token, supports essential ecosystem services, such as water and nutrient cycling, water purification, flood management, and water storage and recycling in soils. The sustainable use of water not only contributes to water security, but also to the increased resilience of biodiversity. Biodiversity and water therefore provide essential natural infrastructure to cities, which if managed well is cost-effective, and also contributes to adaptation to climate change. Biodiversity and water are central to sustainable development, and should be managed in an integrated way.
The Urban Nature Congress is a workshop run by ICLEI’s global Cities Biodiversity Center, under the globally recognised Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Program.