From the 21st to 24th May 2008 in Erfurt (Germany) 400 scientists, planners and other practitioners from around 50 countries summarized for the first time in a global context the current scientific and practical approaches of implementing the CBD in urban areas. This declaration reflects the views of the participants at the "Urbio 2008" conference that urban biodiversity is a vital part of achieving the aims of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
This declaration was submitted during the International Conference of the COmpetence NeTwork URban ECcology (CONTUREC) "Urban biodiversity and design - Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity in towns & cities" 21. - 24. May 2008, Erfurt, Germany1. Preamble
From the 21st to 24th May 2008 in Erfurt (Germany) 400 scientists, planners and other practitioners from around 50 countries summarized for the first time in a global context the current scientific and practical approaches of implementing the CBD in urban areas. This declaration reflects the views of the participants at the "Urbio 2008" conference that urban biodiversity is a vital part of achieving the aims of the Convention on Biological Diversity.2. The importance of urban biodiversity
- Urban biodiversity is the only biodiversity that many people directly experience.
Experiencing urban biodiversity will be the key to halt the loss of global biodiversity, because people are more likely to take action for biodiversity if they have direct contact with nature.3. Challenges for the future
- Local authorities should link urban biodiversity with sustainable urban design.As a community of urban biodiversity professionals we will especially support further CBD initiatives on "Cities and Biodiversity" through:
- promoting urban biodiversity through continuing dialogue with the CBD especially, linking future urban biodiversity network - "Urbio" - meetings with future COP meetings.
On behalf of theInternational Conference of the COmpetence NeTwork URban ECcology (CONTUREC)
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