Local Action for Biodiversity
Since 2007, the City of Edmonton has been part of the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Project, an international initiative supporting the protection of urban biodiversity. The project is administered by the international organization Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), and its overall aim is to support local governments in biodiversity management by coordinating the sharing of experiences, successes and challenges among a diverse group of participants from around the world. The following documents provide an overview of the Local Action for Biodiversity Project:
The Durban Commitment, outlined in the Global Conservation Commitments section, is a component of the Local Action for Biodiversity project. It was signed by all LAB participants, each making a promise to conserve and enhance biodiversity within their administrative areas.
The Pioneer Phase of the LAB project ran from 2006 to 2009. In that time, the City completed a Biodiversity Report and a Biodiversity Action Plan, two requirements for involvement in the LAB project. The Biodiversity Report provides an overview of Edmonton's ecology, outlines the City's conservation governance structure, and includes an inventory of local biodiversity initiatives, both City- and community-led. The Action Plan outlines a 10-year path for the effective and coordinated protection of Edmonton's biodiversity.
The LAB project is now into its second 3-year phase (2010 to 2012), which has a theme of "Communication, Education and Public Involvement". The requirements for Phase II are similar to those for Phase I - the completion of a Status Report and Action Plan - but with an emphasis on this theme.
For more information:
Office of Biodiversity