BiodiverCities understand that a diverse natural world is the foundation of human existence, as it is relied upon for both survival and quality of life.

ICLEI's Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) was established in 2009 within the ICLEI Africa Regional Secretariat as a global hub of excellence in urban biodiversity. See the ICLEI CBC website here.


 

 

BiodiverCities are aware that ecosystem services contribute towards many essential municipal services, as well as towards the local economy, sustainability and social well-being of their cities.

Biodiversity in cities provides a critical contribution towards achieving the global biodiversity targets.


BiodiverCities buffer further biodiversity loss, improve the urban standard of living, and provide local opportunities for global education and awareness.


Urban biodiversity offers many additional benefits, and is linked to health, poverty alleviation, habitat conservation, air and water quality, climate change adaptation and  mitigation, food provision, fortified infrastructure resilience, and happiness of citizens.

Urban Natural Assets for Africa is a cutting edge program to support the local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to conserve and protect nature in cities in sub-Saharan Africa as a project under the Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS).

Urban Natural Assets (UNA) for Africa is the second part of the UNA project. ICLEI, together with project partners SwedBio, Stockholm Resilience Centre, the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), are designing a cutting edge program to support the local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to conserve and protect nature in cities in sub-Saharan Africa as a project under the Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS).

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Urban Natural Assets for Africa: Rivers for life (UNA Rivers) is a cutting edge program to support the local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to conserve and protect nature in cities in sub-Saharan Africa as a project under the Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS).

UNA Rivers is the second part of the UNA project and builds on the findings of UNA Africa to answer the needs identified.

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The Local Action for Biodiversity: Wetlands South Africa (LAB: Wetlands SA) project is ICLEI’s flagship biodiversity project and is currently being implemented in 11 municipalities throughout South Africa. The aim of the project is to protect priority natural wetland resources, thus enabling the supply of ecosystem services and promoting resilient communities under a changing climate within South Africa.

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