See introduction to URBIS and the ecosystem approach by centre researcher Thomas Elmqvist. Time: 00:12:10
The Urban Biosphere Network (URBIS)
URBIS is a global network of scientists, planners, educators and policy makers that provides a platform for discussing and sharing ideas and approaches for developing more resilient and equitable urban regions.
Launched in May 2008, the network addresses three major challenges to urban governance and ecosystem management:

1. Bridging the divide between science and practice through the creation of an international network of urban arenas that incorporates local knowledge and interdisciplinary science;

2. Developing innovative and adaptive systems of regional and local governance of urban landscapes that sustain ecosystem services; and

3. Creating platforms for urban resilience that foster equity, improved ecosystem functions and sustainable urban infrastructure.

URBIS pioneer cities
See presentation below from the work done by three of the cities affiliated with the URBIS network. The presentations were made at the UNESCO side event "Towards a participatory ecosystem approach to urban planning" which took place at the 10th City Biodiversity Summit at COP Nagoya, 2010. The meeting was facilitated by URBIS/SRC partner Civic Ecology Lab of Cornell University.

Division Chief of the Montreal Dept. of Large Parks and Green Daniel Hodder presented work done in Montreal on biodiversity management:

Mårten Wallberg, President of the Stockholm branch of The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), presented the URBIS work done in Stockholm:
Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, presented some of the key works and challenges in sustainable urban planning in Jerusalem:

2008-10-28 | Sturle Hauge Simonsen

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