The City of Edmonton is a proud partner in a growing number of international biodiversity conservation initiatives. Being part of international partnerships encourages the City to stay on the cutting edge of biodiversity protection, to stay connected to best practices in the field as they are being implemented around the world.
The Durban Commitment: Local Governments for Biodiversity
As part of its commitment to the Local Action for Biodiversity project, the City of Edmonton has proudly endorsed the "Durban Commitment: Local Governments for Biodiversity". This important Commitment acknowledges threats to urban biodiversity and the importance of its protection. In signing the Commitment, Edmonton declares its intention to conserve and enhance urban biodiversity and to integrate biodiversity considerations into governance and planning. By endorsing the Commitment, Edmonton also expresses its support for the IUCN Countdown 2010 Declaration.
International Decade on Biodiversity
The United Nations declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. The initiative was intended to be a celebration of life on earth, and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The City promoted the initiative through various programs, and through its involvement with the Local Action for Biodiversity project. The celebration of the IYB was administered by the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Following 2010, the initiative was deemed of such continuing importance that it was extended to become the Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020). Countries around the world continue to take action to raise awareness about the value of biodiversity.