A new City Biodiversity Outlook will be the first comprehensive global analysis of how urbanisation and urban growth impact biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. Photo: M. Barthel/Azote

Centre to co-edit world's first City Biodiversity Outlook

First global analysis of urban impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services

Centre researcher Thomas Elmqvist has on behalf of Stockholm Resilience Centre signed a memorandum with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to produce a global first City Biodiversity Outlook (CBO1).

Elmqvist, who is already coordinating an international project which will help European cities reduce their ecological footprint, will act as the general editor of the publication's scientific foundation.
 
Analysing the urban impact
The City Biodiversity Outlook will be the first comprehensive global analysis of how urbanisation and urban growth impact biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. It will combine science and policy, and an international team of researchers will analyse the impacts urbanisation and urban sprawl have on biodiversity and ecosystems.

The Outlook will provide key messages on the conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources to decision-makers. Cities, local authorities and sub-national governments will also showcase their practices on sustainability and biodiversity and learn from existing experiences how to incorporate those topics in their agendas and policies.

"The Outlook will provide an overview and response to knowledge gaps in how we understand processes behind urban social-ecological systems and how urbanization is shaping land use" Thomas Elmqvist says.

The synthesis of the Outlook will be handed over to the delegates of the Conference of the Parties of CBD in october 2012 in Hyderabad, India. The scientific foundation will be a peer-revied book and available in hard copies in early 2013.

See interview with Associate professor of Arizona State University Ann Kinzing, on the challenges and opportunities given by urban systems to the development of sustainable societies:

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About Thomas Elmqvist

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Thomas Elmqvist, PhD, is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions.

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