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International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. ‘Water and Biodiversity’ is the theme for International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) in 2013. Coincidently, the period 2005-2015 is the International Decade for Action ‘WATER FOR LIFE’, and 2013 as the year of International Year of Water Cooperation.

Some points to ponder…

Can cities support biodiversity?

What features do cities have or need to restore and support biodiversity? How do we make cities promote biodiversity?

Do the benefits of living in a city outweigh the benefits of being surrounded by biodiversity? Is there a tradeoff between them? Or can a balance be found?

Do cities need biodiversity? Why is it important and what is the cost of it? What would happen if a city had no biodiversity at all?

Does biodiversity have an impact in the resilience of cities? Are human and ecosystem resilience tied together?

How are you celebrating biodiversity in your city?

Send in your thoughts!


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