The URBIS Dialogues

Join us for the very first in a series of exciting interactive events: the URBIS Dialogues!

URBIS is a ground-breaking initiative which comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources – a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. (For those who are not familiar with URBIS, please see the URBIS concept note).

Through the URBIS Dialogues, we'll share experiences, address specific urban challenges, consider new developments, explore collaborative opportunities and strategise on ways forward, with a special focus on city-regions.

The URBIS Awards - How to designate cities of distinction?

Friday, May 17th 2013 at 9-10:30am

This is an online event.

PLEASE NOTE: Time above is for EST time zone. (3:00-4:30pm CEST)


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What's on the cards?

This webinar will focus on the URBIS Designation Process. This process aims to recognise and promote the achievements of local and sub-national governments that follow a stepwise procedure. Through this process good practices will be developed and catalogued for sharing amongst the learning community and cities will be awarded an 'URBIS Designation', becoming internationally recognised as 'Cities of Distinction' in biodiversity management. (See below titled 'URBIS Designation Process' or click here for an info-graphic with further explanation.)

In order to make this designation process as effective, as valuable and as relevant as possible, we'd like your input as the cities and local governments that we wish to support, capacitate and involve in this initiative.

Expert speakers will introduce URBIS, the designation process and the initiative's organizational structure and include:

  • Russell Galt, Program Manager, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center
  • Professor Thomas Elmqvist of the Stockholm Resilience Center and editor of the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook.
  • Professor Timon McPhearson of the New School, NYC.

We look forward to your participation, input and ideas.

Kindest regards

ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center

To prepare, kindly reflect upon the following questions:

1) What do you think URBIS can bring that other global networks of cities can not?

2) What are the factors that may prevent you or your city from joining?

3) What would you or your city be able to contribute to the network?