UNU-IAS released a new policy report on Integrating Biodiversity with Local and City Planning at the Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments 2014 held from 12 to 14 October during the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
The report is a result of research conducted by UNU-IAS in partnership with ICLEI and the Secretariat of the CBD, together with seven universities around the world that are developing city–biodiversity studios. The university studios applied the Guidelines for Local Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (LBSAPs) – which was produced by the three partner organizations in 2013 – to their own cities. The outcome report was presented as part of the discussion at the Biodiversity Summit’s session on “Understanding the science-policy interface”.
Planning tools are usually limited in their ability to address biodiversity in cities. The objective of the studios involved in this policy report was to understand the challenges in including biodiversity in planning at the local level. The studios explored new techniques for incorporating biodiversity in cities, and also developed teaching materials to promote learning about urban biodiversity. The publication summarizes the main lessons learned by the studios in developing LBSAP guidelines in eight cities around the world.
The city–biodiversity studios and Guidelines for LBSAP are follow-up actions to Decision X/22 adopted at CBD COP10 held in Nagoya, Japan in 2010 to endorse a “Plan of Action on Sub-National Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2010–2020)”.
The Biodiversity Summit took stock of progress achieved since the previous Cities Biodiversity Summit convened in 2012 during CBD COP11 in Hyderabad, India, and outlined the latest tools, initiatives and networks that illustrate the value of bringing nature back into cities