The Local Government Biodiversity Roadmap by ICLEI
ICLEI's highly successful Local Government Climate Roadmap attracted significant positive attention in the lead-up to, and at, the UNFCCC COP15 in December 2009. ICLEI's Local Action for Biodiversity coordination team is now using a similar approach in representing local authorities on biodiversity concerns, centered on the upcoming CBD COP10 and the parallel City Biodiversity Summit 2010 in Nagoya in October this year. This high-profile, multi-stakeholder biodiversity equivalent of the Climate Roadmap also highlights the strong and critical links between biodiversity and climate change protection.
Through the coordination of the Local Government Biodiversity Roadmap process, LAB is working with partners to create an enabling platform for local governments, including opportunities to voice their support of the CBD Plan of Action on Cities, Local Authorities and Biodiversity, which was drafted by the LAB coordination team under supervision of the CBD Secretariat. It aims to raise awareness of the need for local governments to contribute to the biodiversity debate at the international level, through stakeholder consultation sessions attached to important meetings on the global calendar (e.g. the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro in March 2010 and ICLEI's Resilient Cities Conference in Bonn in May 2010.