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Cities and Biodiversity Outlook

Year of publication: 2012

Action and Policy: A Global Assessment of the Links between Urbanization, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services

Page(s): 68

Cities give rise to a diversity of views and emotions, from places of pollution and
social divisions to centers of ancient and popular culture and crossroads of innovation and new ideas. Today they are also increasingly recognized for their role in conserving biodiversity and are providing exciting opportunities for making the transition to an inclusive green economy in both the developing and developed world.
This is among the key points of this new report. Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO) brings into sharp focus not only the extraordinary wealth of urban biodiversity but also its role in generating ecosystem services upon which large and small urban populations and communities rely for their food, water, and health. It makes a strong argument for greater attention to be paid by urban planners and managers to the natural or nature-based assets within their metropolitan boundaries as one way toward realizing a range of targets established both pre- and post-Rio+20.

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