URBIO IFLA-AR 2016 Conference



URBIO's New President

During the 4th URBIO conference 2014 in Incheon, Korea, Haripriya Gundimeda was elected as President of the network. In the tradition of the network the organiser...Read more

URBIO Headquarter moves to India

The URBIO team wishes all URBIO members, colleagues, friends and followers a Happy New Year! At the moment the URBIO headquarters move to India...Read more


Social Evolution Forum

The Social Evolution Forum is a new platform aimed at promoting communication, discussion, and collaboration on diverse topics related to evolutionary biology, anthropology, and psychology...Read more

 Partner News

(GEP) Workshop took place at Hawai’I September 5, Honolulu, Hawaii

“GEP-Valuing and Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Into National Decision-Making and Accounting System” workshop took place during the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC). The workshop was jointly convened by International Union for Conservation of Nature, China (IUCN China), Research Center for Ecoenvironmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEESCAS), China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), and State Forestry Administration (SFA). 


How cities learn from each other: The World Cities project 

The World Cities Third Country Cooperation project is a city-to-city exchange program launched by the European Commission – Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy. ICLEI was selected to facilitate the exchange between cities in the European Union and counterparts in Japan and Canada.

Metropolitan Solutions 2016: ICLEI conference highlights

Three days of engagingpresentations and discussions at Metropolitan Solutions 2016 in Berlin, Germany offered an important opportunity for local governments, the finance sector, federal ministries, academia and the private sector to pave the way forward for municipal finance, smart urban development and cooperation between China and Europe.

The full eBook versions are available here: PDFePub(e.g., iBook, Nook), Mobi.



MoU for Collaboration between ICLEI and URBIO  

Landscape Design and Urban    Biodiversity

The loss of biodiversity, the impact of climate change, and the growth of the world’s urban population, the main challenges of this century for life on earth, are all strongly interconnected. The Tenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan) in October 2010 acknowledged that cities can significantly contribute to global efforts to protect and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services by the adoption of the “Plan of Action on Cities and Biodiversity 2011-2020”. This significant political milestone was prepared at two important side-events to COP 10 in Japan, the Second Conference of the International Network for URBIO (URban BIOdiversity & Design) in May 2010 and ICLEI’s City Biodiversity Summit held during the high-level segment of the Tenth Conference of the Parties in October 2010.

(Müller, N. & Morimoto, Y. Landscape Ecol Eng (2016) 12: 105. doi:10.1007/s11355-015-0289-8)

Urban Environmental Education Review—A Book by Cornell University

Around the world, urban environmental education programs care about human well-being and ecosystem health in cities, where the majority of humans now live. Through various approaches, urban environmental education is one of processes that aims to make cities more sustainable. While there is a huge diversity of urban environmental education programs—from those provided by NGOs, communities, botanical gardens, parks, zoos, schools, universities, libraries, businesses, governmental, and other organizations—this field can be strengthened by integrating with practical and research ideas from other fields, such as urban planning, environmental art, adult education, and green urbanism.
To advance urban environmental education and better understand its role in urban sustainability, the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, through the EECapacity project, assembled a team of 80 scholars and professionals from around the world to contribute their expertise and research. The 30-chapter book will be useful in university courses to help prepare future urban environmental educators and leaders, and for the ongoing professional development of current environmental educators who want to reflect on urban environmental education programs, including their goals, urban settings, urban audiences, urban issues, and theoretical aspects of urban environmental education. The book, URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION REVIEW, to be published by Cornell University Press in 2017.




 Biodiversity and Health

Deadline for abstract submission  Monday, 6 February 2017



NCSE 2017

National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment


URBIO at Global Biodiversity Summit

The Quintana Roo Communique on Mainstreaming local and and subnational Biodiversity Action 2016, had the following paragraph recognizing our efforts — “We commend the The Panama City Declaration adopted by URBIO and IFLA at their joint conference of the Urban Biodiversity and Design Network (URBIO) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects of the Americas
Region (IFLA-AR) following a joint conference ‘From Cities to Landscape: Design for Health & Biodiversity’ held in Panama City, Panama, from 25 to 27 October 2016, and which emphasizes the essential focus for urban landscape design on urban health and biodiversity for resilient and sustainable cities”.



URBIO Index Workshop 2016 & Public farewell party for Prof. Dr. Norbert Müller

18th—20th August 2016

The URBIO Index is a tool which is supporting landscape architects and restoration ecologists by the sustainable design of green and blue infrastructure. Additionally the Index with 25 indicators enables by evaluating parks under all aspects of sustainability. Within the workshop we will explain the URBIO Index in detail, visit best practice examples of sustainable landscape design and -restoration and will train the participants in apply the URBIO Index.

The Workshop is limited to 15 - 20 participants in maximum. The workshop fee will be 500 Euro. Please make your reservation by sending an email to n.mueller@fh-erfurt.de

On the concluding day of the workshop i.e. on 20th August 2016, a public farewell meeting and retirement party is organised for Prof. Dr. Norbert Müller. Prof. Norbert is the founder President of URBIO Network till 2014.

Other News

Biodiversity database for smart city initiative to be launched soon

A biodiversity database for urban India will be prepared for better species diversity management, dovetailed to the smart city initiative.

The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, has made a proposal in this regard to its parent organisation, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has given its consent.