This video discussion took place at the recent ICLEI Urban Nature Forum in Belo Horizonte, Brazil this month and discusses the value of urban biodiversity and how to bring that diversity back to the cities. It’s presented by the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Oliver Hillel discusses how nature used to be in the cities and how we simply have to stop impeding it and let it back in. However, many of our systems are so changed that they now need to be managed to restore nature by bringing in new infrastructure. He also discusses how cities are laboratories for innovation and the importance of education by bringing nature back into cities so people are aware of biological processes and how dependent we are on them.
Cities, ecosytems and biodiversity
Bringing biodiversity back into cities
Keith Tidball in conversation with Oliver Hillel
We teamed Senior Extension Associate Keith Tidball from Cornell University up with Programme officer Oliver Hillel of the Convention of Biological Diversity to discuss some of the most important and emerging issues related to urbanisation, biodiversity conservation and governance.
The interview took place at the ICLEI Urban Nature Forum in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 13 June 2012.
Kelly Brenner writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat. She earned a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.