6th URBIO Conference

"Food security and Urban Biodiversity"

The broad theme of our next conference would be “Food security and Urban Biodiversity”. The broad theme of the conference is very important, in view of the Sustainable Development Goal, which calls for Sustainable Food security. Urban Biodiversity would have a major role to play in achieving the sustainable food security. Please send any ideas regarding the main themes and subthemes by the end of May 2017 as we plan for our next conference. You can mail at urbionetwork@gmail.com

URBIO Network as a registered Society

URBIO is not officially registered as a society. Some members of our community have expressed the feeling that registering URBIO as a society is important to bring more visibility as well as plan more activities in future. We can as a registered body play more important
role We have prepared tentative bylaws and we shall register the society in due course of time, the modalities of which are being worked out. The registered members would have some benefits – e.g. reduced registration fees at our URBIO conferences, undertake activities as part of open network on Future Earth, preparing large network projects, be part of the envisaged workshops and capacity building programs etc. Please circulate this to your networks far and wide and please join as soon as possible.

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

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



EKLIPSE has just published the report from its first request from policy makers for synthesizing available knowledge. The resulting report Nature-based solutions to promote climate resilience in urban areas – developing an impact evaluation framework is now available online.




MoU for Collaboration between ICLEI and URBIO  


Urban Biodiversity

From Research to Practice 

Urban biodiversity is an increasingly popular topic among researchers. Worldwide, thousands of research projects are unravelling how urbanisation impacts the biodiversity of cities and towns, as well as its benefits for people and the environment through ecosystem services. Exciting scientific discoveries are made on a daily basis. However, researchers often lack time and opportunity to communicate these findings to the community and those in charge of managing, planning and designing for urban biodiversity. On the other hand, urban practitioners frequently ask researchers for more comprehensible information and actionable tools to guide their actions based on more objective scientific bases.

(Edited by Alessandro OssolaJari Niemelä © 2018 – Routledge)

Landscape design & 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)


Tenure-track appointment in Urban Biodiversity - Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities

ICLEI's new ‘Value of Nature in Urban Life’ poster

ICLEI has launched ‘Value of Nature in Urban Life’ poster on social media (@ICLEICBC). 

The ‘Value of Nature in Urban Life’ poster is currently available in English and Portuguese and can be downloaded at  


It will be supported by a dedicated Twitter campaign over the coming days and weeks, focusing on different aspects of the poster.

This illustrated poster, produced through our INTERACT-Bio project, and supported by the great Urban Natural Assets (UNA) team, aims to demonstrate the many diverse gifts nature provides to people in cities and their surrounding areas.

With a universally relevant and modern cityscape as the backdrop to the poster, it provides a vision of a future smart city with, amongst others, vertical food gardens, solar rooftops, eco-mobility and people connecting with nature on every level. The eco-system services, or nature’s contributions, are depicted as relatable zoomed-in illustrations in four colour-coded categories. 

The poster will  be used in 

ICLEI's new CitiesWithNature  initiative which will be launched at the ICLEI World Congress.

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 IFLA-AR 2016 Conference