A City of Life: Medellín’s Plan to Protect and Promote Urban Biodiversity

By | 2018-05-29T14:21:22+00:00 May 16th 2018|Categories: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , |

Three years ago, the city of Medellín adopted a novel approach to manage and conserve biodiversity, launching Colombia’s first local action plan on urban biodiversity: “Medellín, a city of life.” Maria Mejia and Juliana Echeverri argue that this effort should inspire other cities to explore new methods and concepts that link biodiversity to human well-being, resilience, and economic development.

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By | 2018-01-22T15:14:36+00:00 January 17th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In the UN Convention of Biological Diversity, 196 nations have agreed to put 17% of the earth’s surface under protection. Author Richard Weller calls for additional land to be protected in the world’s “hotspots”, where biodiversity is threatened by urban sprawl. In his text, he discusses why regional ecology is an issue for urban planning.

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