ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center

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ICLEI’s global Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) is hosted by ICLEI Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

The CBC has ICLEI’s global mandate to promote nature-positive development, ecosystem restoration and other biodiversity-related matters. It offers cities a broad portfolio of services, including programmes and projects in which to participate, capacity building, technical assistance, advocacy support, networking, profiling of achievements and conference organisation.

Through our ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center, we ensure that the voice of local and subnational governments is heard throughout the UN consultation and negotiation processes as key implementers of the global biodiversity agenda.

Together with the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), ICLEI CBC works with Parties to the CBD and their subnational governments to promote and enable local and subnational actions to be taken up into the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), in line with consecutive Conference of the Party (COP) Decisions on the need for local action for biodiversity.

ICLEI CBC supports and promotes
the flagship global biodiversity partnership initiatives, 


These partnership initiatives between ICLEI, The Nature Conservancy, IUCN, UNEP, WWF, Cities4Forests, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, World Urban Parks, Regions4 and many more, offers cities and regions free access to an online platform where they can connect, learn, share, act and inspire each other to take local and landscape-based action for nature, and mainstream biodiversity into our cities and surrounding regions.