Biodiversity

JOINING HANDS TO HALT THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY

There is a pressing need to generate more interest, excitement, and investment in biodiversity conservation in Europe. A multitude of pressures—from agricultural intensification to forestry and urban sprawl—have negatively affected the health of European ecosystems.

Worldwatch Institute Europe supports the U.N.'s International Decade of Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the global target of halting biodiversity loss by 2020. We believe that preserving Earth’s biological diversity is a fundamental step on the path toward achieving economic prosperity.

URBAN BIODIVERSITY

NEW PROJECT (December 2014): URBIA - Urban Biodiversity In Action

Protecting biodiversity in urban areas has been recognized as an increasingly important issue. For decades nature has been forced out of cities. Man-made surroundings have come to dominate the lives of urban citizens, who have over time been deprived of contact with the world beyond their daily routine and as a consequence have lost touch with the nature and biodiversity that is outside the perimeter of their urban existence.

To counter this oversight, a number of community-based and municipal initiatives have emerged, such as urban beekeeper associations, rooftop farmers, and vertical garden projects in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris, Singapore, New York City, and a growing number of other cities. These initiatives can help reduce biodiversity loss and encourage urban greening and agriculture; they can also provide a way to improve the quality of citizens' lives and foster the the integration of nature into city life.

Our response is to identify success and best-practice in community-based urban biodiversity initiatives in Europe and to implement effective strategies to create awareness about the urgent need to halt the loss of biodiversity. We wish to create a strong communication platform, catalogue best-practice in urban biodiversity endeavours, and reward the best initiatives in Europe. Check out our new project: URBIA - Urban Biodiversity In Action.

JOIN OUR WORK

If you wish to know more about our upcoming work on biodiversity or have an interest in joining our biodiversity team, please contact Biodiversity Project Coordinator, Elena Bulmer at ebulmer@worldwatch-europe.org.


Musée du Quai Branly, Paris | © Bertrand Garbel, Hemis.fr/Getty Images

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Recommended Worldwatch articles on biodiversity:

Vangsbo, P.N., Barrows, L.: Green walls and their environmental merits. Worldwatch Institute Europe, Jan 2014.

Bulmer, E. et al.: Celebrating 10 years of 'shared gardens' in Paris. Worldwatch Institute Europe, Nov 2013.

Normander, B.: Biodiversity: Combating the sixth mass extinction. In: State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity, pp. 169-176. Worldwatch Institute.

Normander, B., Kumar, S.: Op-ed: Mass extinctions in the cards absent urgent action. Inter Press Service, May 23 2012.