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Biodiversity Projects
ICLEI’s Biodiversity Initiative is currently composed of a variety of awareness raising and capacity building projects.

European Capital of Biodiversity
The Capital of Biodiversity is supported by the LIFE+ a program of the European Commission
Life+ Promoting the Protection of Nature and Biodiversity in Urban Areas: European Capital of Nature and Biodiversity - Award for Cities and Municipalities in Europe.

The main objective of the project is to increase nature and biodiversity protection in urban areas and by local authorities. The project will help to fulfil the objectives of the European Biodiversity Strategy and the Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive (and all related Directives). It will contribute to the improvement of coherence and management of the Natura 2000 Network and to the protection of climate as well as the adaption to impacts of climate change.

The project aims to support and motivate initiatives of local authorities regarding nature protection and conservation of biodiversity in Europe by the organization of a competition “Capital of Nature and Biodiversity” and the elaboration of a concept for a European Award. The project will support local authorities to fulfil legal compliance regarding nature and biodiversity protection, promote the extension and accessibility of green areas and sensitize citizens about the importance of conservation of nature and biodiversity and the importance of their collaboration.

The project involves environmental NGOs and organisations representing or related to local authorities in Germany, Spain, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia and on European level (community associations and federations) as well as administrations with competences in nature and biodiversity protection, land use planning and other strategical aspects relevant for biodiversity. As communication and dissemination is an important aspect of the project, media on local, regional and national level will be also an important group of stakeholders involved

Visit the website: www.capital-biodiversity.eu

Project Partners:

Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB)
Involving around 20 cities from all parts of the world, piloting on best approaches to urban biodiversity conservation, this project constitutes the first and key initiative towards a broader ICLEI Biodiversity Program.

The LAB project is being coordinated from Cape Town, South Africa, and is based at the ICLEI Africa Secretariat.
More: lab@iclei.org

Viumbe Hai: African Cities, Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Published in February 2007, this collection of case studies, was created by UNEP, UN-HABITAT and ICLEI. The brochure is centred on several African city case studies, and aims to highlight some best practice examples of what governments, communities, NGOs, and park managers can do to conserve biodiversity. Case examples are from: Cape Town, Nairobi, Accra, Durban, Dar es Salaam, and Walvis Bay. For more information, contact: membership@iclei.org

Countdown 2010
Countdown 2010 is a powerful network of active partners working together towards the 2010 biodiversity target. ICLEI acts as the local government partner to the Countdown 2010 and IUCN as the lead.

The role of " Regions as Champions for Biodiversity 2010" was the main issue at a conference in North Brabant, Netherlands in February 2007. The final document and more information can be found under “latest news” at www.countdown2010.net.

Countdown towards 2010 in Zagreb: community involvement in biodiversity assessment
The main objective of the project is to raise understanding and awareness of urban biodiversity, both as a valuable component of European biodiversity in its own right, and as a means to generate support and involvement of the urban population, NGOs and local authorities. This project focuses initially on the ICLEI member city Zagreb and the lessons learned will be shared with national and local authorities and NGOs from the whole of Croatia.

This project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, ICLEI acts as partner to the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC).
For more information, contact training.centre@iclei.org.

Mainstreaming biodiversity into regional and local action planning
Is the goal of another project initiated in the Netherlands and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The project aims at achieving broad awareness raising among local governments in Europe in 2007, so they can actively join the Countdown 2010. ICLEI’s International Training Centre acts as partner to the IUCN for capacity building at the local level. For more information, contact: training.centre@iclei.org