Nature in the Urban Century: A global assessment of where and how to conserve nature for biodiversity and human wellbeing

Title

Nature in the Urban Century: A global assessment of where and how to conserve nature for biodiversity and human wellbeing

Description

The report shows that urban growth has historically impacted global biodiversity in significant ways, and that future urban growth must be appropriately planned if the world is to meet its goals for protecting biodiversity under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This report directly responds to a request from the Secretariat of the CBD. A broad team conducted the study, including scientists from The Nature Conservancy, Future Earth, the Stockholm Resilience Center (SRC), Swedbio, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), and the Natural Capital Project.

The Assessment answers questions such as:
• How much global habitat will be impacted from urban growth and where will that impact occur?
• What fraction of the world’s protected areas will be potentially impacted from urbanization?
• What are the carbon emissions that will occur from urban expansion?
• Where are natural habitats most essential for climate adaptation?
• What are solutions cities can use to plan their own growth?

Creator

The Nature Conservancy

Publisher

The Nature Conservancy

Date

2018

Contributor

Future Earth, the Stockholm Resilience Center (SRC), Swedbio, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), and the Natural Capital Project.

Format

PDF

Language

English

Files

Citation

The Nature Conservancy, “Nature in the Urban Century: A global assessment of where and how to conserve nature for biodiversity and human wellbeing,” Biodiversity Conference Virtual Kiosk, accessed October 18, 2021, http://virtual-kiosk.cbd.int/items/show/29.