• biodiverCITIES: A Handbook for Municipal Biodiversity Planning and Management

About the Handbook

This document is intended for municipal staff ready to make their community resilient, sustainable, and liveable.  Biodiversity is the richness of plants, animals, and other living organism found on pristine lands, and in cities and towns.  Biodiversity enhances local economies, strengthens ecological systems, and protects social well-being.  Communities that choose to actively engage in biodiversity conservation planning and management will experience positive impacts to water quality, air quality, and food production to name a few. 
 
biodiverCITIES: A Handbook for Municipal Biodiversity Planning and Management serves as an informative and action-oriented resource to motivate change through the development of a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) using a "Milestone" based framework.  Each Milestone represents a step in the planning and management process, beginning with the development of a Biodiversity Team in the first Milestone, and culminating with a review and update of the BAP in the final Milestone.  This Handbook also provides case studies and other resources to help communities achieve their biodiversity goals and objectives.