URBIS RationaleAs agreed by consensus and recorded in the Nagoya Declaration of 2010; UNESCO URBIS Side Event at the City Biodiversity Summit at theTenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Nagoya Urban Institute. Nagoya, Japan
There is an urgent need for approaches to urban planning that combine understanding of social, cultural, infrastructure and ecological systems with scientific, educational and planning tools for urban development and management.Key Rationale #1
There is value in recognizing locally initiated, led, and implemented strategies and plans for management of linked social and ecological systems in the urban landscapes. These efforts must be supported at all planning levels, including local, regional, national, andKey Rationale #2 international.
There is great demand among all stakeholders for incentives and tools, such as City Biodiversity Index (CBI), TEEB and CBO that secure community ownership and political buy-in.Key Rationale #3
There is a need to reconnect cities with their hinterland and ecosystems on which they depend. This requires integrating ecological, social and built systems into urban planning withKey Rationale #4 emphasis on local cultures and equity that will ensure community ownership.
Urbis ConceptsAs agreed by consensus and recorded in the Nagoya Declaration of 2010; UNESCO URBIS Side Event at the City Biodiversity Summit at theTenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Nagoya Urban Institute. Nagoya, Japan
Key Concept #1 Bridge the divide between science and practice through the creation of an international network of urban arenas that incorporates local knowledge and interdisciplinary science.
Key Concept #2 Develop innovative and adaptive systems of regional and local governance of urban landscapes that sustain ecosystem services.
Key Concept #3 Create platforms for urban resilience that foster equity, improved ecosystem functions and sustainable urban infrastructure.
ORIGINSStarted in 2003, the development of theURBIS Initiative is a work in progress.URBIS evolved to its present status fromdiscussions about applying the Man and Edited by Christine Alfsen-Norodom,the Biosphere concept in urban areas. Benjamin D. Lane, and Melody Corry (Columbia University-UNESCO Joint Program on Biosphere and Society, New York)
URBIS Timeline Shanghai 10/2010 World Expo Nagoya Nagoya COP 10- Nagoya COP 10- Nagoya 05/2010 05/2010 City Biodiversity Summit City Biodiversity Summit CBD in cities 10/2010 10/2010 Rio Rio 03/2010 UN Habitat World 03/2010 Forum New York New York 03/2010 03/2010 Million Trees Paris Paris 01/2010 01/2010 Year of Biodiversity Curitiba Curitiba 01/2010 01/2010 Cities and CBD URBIS Partnership URBIS Partnership Copenhagen Copenhagen Designation 12/2009 Climate Change Designation 12/2009 Cape Town Cape Town DIVERSITAS 10/2009 10/2009 Cape Cape Town Town The URBIS The URBIS Chicago Montreal Montreal Chicago Network Network MAB New York New York MAB Stockholm 2009 2009 Stockholm Stockholm Stockholm New New Resilience Center Resilience Center 1970 1970 Shanghai Shanghai Orleans Orleans Urban Network Urban Network (2007) (2007) Urban Biosphere Urban Biosphere The Urban The Urban Biosphere Biosphere and Society UNESCO and Society UNESCO Network Network Conference 2003 Conference 2003 2008 2008