Cities and Biodiversity Outlook – a global assessment, on 3 Dec 2012

Cities have now become humanity’s preferred habitat on earth, with more than half of us living in urban areas. The ecological effects of cities extend well beyond their geographical boundaries. How much biodiversity do our cities contain? What ecosystem services do cities depend upon, and what ecosystem services can urban habitats generate? What role can cities play in the sustainable management of ecosystems and preservation of biodiversity worldwide? The United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently commissioned the first global assessment of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services: the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO). The first part of this ongoing assessment—CBO: Action and Policy–was released on 15 Oct 2012 at the Conference of Parties to the CBD in Hyderabad, India. Dr. Madhusudan Katti, one of the lead authors of the CBO, will present an overview of the assessment, sharing the key messages and the science underlying this assessment.

Mark the date in your calendar – this talk will be on 3 Dec 2012. We will meet at Cafe Via near Blackstone & Herndon in north Fresno, where dinner will be available from 6:00Pm onwards, and the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM. You can download the flyer in PDF form embedded below. Please feel free to share this with your friends and join us for another lively evening of science conversation!

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