Session 2: Design for Biodiversity in Cities – a Global Overview

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Organizers (Name, Affiliation)

Norbert Müller (Germany), Maria Ignatieva (Sweden) and Zheng-hong Kong (Germany, China)

 

Description of the Symposium

The main challenges of this century such as loss of biodiversity, climate change, and the growth of urban world population - - are all strongly connected. The 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan) in October 2010 acknowledged the fact that cities can be important contributors to global efforts to protect and enhance biodiversity by the adoption of the “Plan of Action on Cities and Biodiversity 2011-2020”. This significant political milestone was prepared through activities in Japan during 2010 including the City Biodiversity Summit and the second Conference of the URBIO (URban BIOdiversity & Design) network.

In principle, there are two complementary ways for cities to play their part in meeting the target of stopping biodiversity loss, namely the sustainable use of ecosystem services and biodiversity and the design of all urban areas to maximize their ability to support biodiversity and mitigate climate change.

This symposium will explore existing theories and approaches (case studies) of sustainable urban design for improving biodiversity. This will be done by researchers from different countries around the globe and at different scales. This symposium is related to the symposium "Benchmarking biodiversity towards a sustainable city" - both organized by URBIO.

 

Speakers and Titles

2.01 Yukihiro Morimoto (Japan) and Norbert Müller (Germany) - Global Outlooks on Cities and Biodiversity, an Introduction(3,62MB)

2.02 Lena Chan (Singapore) - Enhancing Biodiversity in Cities by Applying the Singapore Index on Cities' Biodiversity

2.03 Hiroshi Hashimoto, Mirai Domon, Koji Oohata (Japan) and Shuhua Li(China) - How Verticalization of Cities Affects Birds Distribution and Behavior? A Case Study of Magpies in the Urban Area of Beijing, China (0,79MB)

2.04 Keitaro Ito (Japan) – An Approach for the Evaluation of Biodiversity (Cultural Service) from Designs of Nature in the City

2.05 Glenn Stewart (New Zealand) – Landscape Design with Indigenous Vegetation in New Zealand - a Review (1,78MB)

2.06 Liang-jun Da (China) - The Spatio-temporal Pattern of Environment under Rapid Urban Expansion and its Effects on Vegetation, Shanghai, China

2.07 Elandrie Davoren, Sarel Cilliers and Stefan Siebert (South Africa) - The Influence of Garden Design on Plant Diversity Patterns Along a Socio-economic Gradient in Northern South Africa (3,45MB)

2.08 Mahito Kamada and Shion Takemura (Japan) - Satoyama in the Urban Range in Japan-Pattern, Process and Implication to Urban Planning (9,69MB)

2.09 Colin Meurk (New Zealand) - Putting Nature into our Neighborhoods

2.10 Jack Ahern (USA) - Biodiversity Urban Planning and Design Strategies and Best Practices (6,78MB)

2.11 Zheng-hong Kong (China) – Urban Biodiversity Research and Design in China and Europe: a Comparison (6,87MB)

2.12 Maria Ignatieva (Sweden) - New Trends in Design of Urban Biodiversity (0,67MB)