Nature provides numerous ecological, physical, cultural and spiritual benefits to city-dwellers. Cities in turn can play a critical role in protecting natural ecosystems. Through careful land use planning, habitat restoration and animal-friendly infrastructure, cities can prosper while harboring local biodiversity and reducing negative impacts on regional and global biodiversity. Data-driven target-setting, operationalization and monitoring can help ensure that biodiversity initiatives are effective. Additionally, inclusive governance, respect for traditional practices and equity-centered implementation serve to prevent the "nature vs. people" conflicts that tend to derail urban biodiversity programs, ensuring that such initiatives benefit both people and the planet.
Urban rewilding: The value and co-benefits of nature in urban spaces
In this report, C40 Cities and Arup outline how urban rewilding efforts can restore natural habitats within cities, and offer guiding principles, project typologies, and case studies.
State of Finance for Nature in Cities 2023
In this publication, UNEP and the Penn Institute for Urban Research outline gaps and opportunities for financing Nature-based Solutions in cities, best practices from around the world, and actions that can be taken to scale up investments in nature.
Better Forests, Better Cities
This report evaluates how forests both inside and outside city boundaries benefit cities and their residents, and what actions cities can take to conserve, restore and sustainably manage those forests.
Best Practices and Lessons Learnt: Asunción, Paraguay
These three reports showcase sustainable and innovative approaches to tackling issues of urban mobility, waste management and ecosystem conservation in Asunción, Paraguay.
BEST PRACTICES IN GENDER AND BIODIVERSITY
To achieve gender equity and protect biodiversity, initiatives that emphasize inclusion and innovation must be prioritized. This collection of best practices shows how targeted action is critical to producing transformative results for biodiversity.
Biodiversity in UrbanShift Cities
These online reports, with interactive maps and figures, provide indicators to measure the state of biodiversity in UrbanShit cities based on comparable global datasets.
BiodiverCities by 2030
This report provides a vision for cities of the future and the needed systemic shifts to develop "BiodiverCities" that place nature at the heart of decision-making and infrastructure investments.
Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities
This working paper investigates the potential of nature-based solutions to help build smart, sustainable and resilient cities, drawing from the experience of G20 countries and beyond.